The Michigan International Speedway is no stranger to pickup trucks–it hosts many truck series races–but this week Ford’s fielding a different kind of pickup truck, the pace truck kind. Ford announced that it will put a recently refreshed 2013 F-150 FX4 EcoBoost at the head of this weekend’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway as the official pace truck of the race.
Aside from a few stickers and extra lights, the F-150 will be the same as the FX4s leaving the Dearborn Truck plant right now headed for Ford dealers: it’s powered by a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine making 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, which is sent through a six-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels. For 2013, the FX4 gets a new two-bar grille inspired by the Super Duty, as well as standard hill descent control (borrowed from the Raptor), available HID projector headlights, and standard Sync connectivity. Behind the wheel of this particular F-150 FX4 EcoBoost will be Ford president Mark Fields, pacing for the second year after doing so in a 2012 Ford Focus last year.
As for the race, the Quicken Loans 400 kicks off this Sunday at noon from Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Pictured below is the 2013 F-150 FX4 Pacecar and 2012 F-150 FX4 consumer version.