Racing for the #61 ROUSH Performance Mustang in Grand-Am has been intense this summer, but with only one race left, there will be a lot of time till our next event in Daytona (Jan. 2012). Like any sport, you must get in plenty of practice to excel. That's one of the reasons that ROUSH Performance has prepared a track car for use at near-by road courses, on drag strips, and at AutoX events. As you may remember, last spring ROUSH Performance fielded two cars in the One Lap of America, which involved races at road courses, a drag strip, and an AutoX event. This car will allow us to get some good practice in case we choose to return to the event in the future. We also plan on doing ride and drives with fans and members of the media with this car, along with doing some training in driving with the ROUSH Performance staff.
As you can see in the photos here, the car is a white 2012 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang. It has the Blue Bayou graphic with black accent stripes. Click here to see the full gallery.
But what about what it has under the hood? The car features the stock 540hp 2012 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang powertrain. Some of the other key features are the Stage 3 performance suspension, ROUSH 20-inch wheels, Cooper RS3 tires, and the ROUSH 4-piston brake system. So, not only can this car fly off the line, it can also stop and turn with authority.
The car has an upgraded differential, EATON's TruTrac, which is an excellent choice for road course use. We also have an EATON Detroit Locker, which is traditionally thought of for use at the drag strip, but I personally have had a lot of good experiences using the Detroit Locker on road courses as well. We'll be talking more about the differences between these two systems in future posts.
Another important part of this car is the data acquisition system. We will be using two products from AiM for this: the MXL and the SOLO. In order to refine your driving, it's critical to have good data to review. In our #61 Mustang, we constantly look at data from our AiM MXL, both to improve our driving and to help in making set-up adjustments.
I'm sure that you have also noticed the Mickey Thompson logos above the rear tires. At the drag strip, we'll be running both RS3 tires as well Mickey Thompson drag radials. We'll be talking about what we've found as we practice with both of these great tires.
Some of the other topics that we'll be releasing on this car include the following:
- Videos and recaps of sessions at the track
- How to use AiM data to improve your driving
- Driving tips
- Set-up advice
- Component features
Tomorrow (Friday August 18, 2011), I'll be taking the track car to Waterford Hills country club, which is a road course about 30 miles from ROUSH Performance's headquarters.
Stay tuned for more updates soon!
-Jack Roush Jr.