Tom Ellis driving is Steeda Autosports prepared and equipped Mustang captured the Sports car Club of America Southeast Division Championship in the highly competitive American Sedan Class. In only his second year of SCCA National Competition, Eliis beat 2004 Champion Bob Eubanks also driving a Steeda equipped Mustang in a very close points race for the Championship, which was not decided until the final race at the beautiful Virginia International Raceway. located near Danville Virginia.
Despite a balky gearbox, Ellis was able to finish second ahead of Eubanks who ran third, providing Steeda equipped Mustangs two out of three spots on the victory podium. Both Tom and Bob have qualified for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, presented by Kohler, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this coming September 19-25, in Lexington Ohio.
Tom Ellis credits his successful season to his Palm Express Racing Crew Chief, Jose Carbonel who covers the many details involved getting the Mustang to the track and getting setup for each event. He also is most appreciative to the Steeda Autosports Team of Steve Chichisola, Chad Coy and Sam Cory. These talented individuals totally refurbished the Mustang. With Steve Chicisola, building the bottom end of the 5.0L engine, Coy handling the assembly of the engine, suspension, brakes and Sam Cory responsible for all the electrical components. Both Chad Coy and Sam Cory traveled to the races to dial the Mustang in at each track.
The 2005 Steeda Screamin’ Yellow Q Mustang has embarked on a event and media tour from Florida to New Jersey to Michigan. The Steeda Q was showcased during the recent Woodward Dream Cruise at both the Primedia Party and the Ford Motor Company Crusin’ Legends display.
Ford Global Marketing and Public Affairs have arranged to have Guy Gordon, noted Detroit News Anchor on the NBC affiliate, Channel 4, drive the car and file his impressions in a special television report. This will be the first time the Steeda Q, Serial Number 0001 will appear on air.
The Screamin’ Yellow Q is the Steeda Autosports 2005 project vehicle with the Ford Motor Company Aftermarket Vehicle Program. Since taking delivery of the Mustang last fall, the car has been on the road a majority of the time. Last November, the Screamin’ Yellow Q was exhibited in the Ford Motor Company display at the SEMA Show In Las Vegas. After a trip to Indianapolis and appearing at the PRI Show in early December, the Q was shipped to Detroit where it took part in the North American International Autoshow as part of the Ford Motor Company display. From there Ford shipped the car to the Chicago Auto Show. After returning home, the Mustang was shipped to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 31st Annual Mid-America Ford Performance and Shelby Meet. There the Steeda Mustang was put through its paces for two days at the at the open track event.
For final leg of the Detroit tour, the 2005 Steeda Q will be road tested by a number of Ford Motor Company’s Senior Management. The car will be road tested by the leading automotive publications later this month.