Ford Motor Company is a major sponsor of Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions for 2006. As such Ford invited Steeda Autosports to participate in the recent auction held in Palm Beach, Florida. The Steeda display included the new 500 horsepower 2006 Q 525, the 2005 Steeda Focus ZX3, “Crimson Ride” and a 1999 Steeda Q 400 convertible. In addition the 2006 Torch Red Q with the brand new Steeda competition front facia was showcased in the well turned out and informative Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company exhibit. All the Steeda cars at each exhibit drew a large audience all three days of the event.
The auction was well attended with lots of attractions in addition to the collector car auction itself. Lincoln Mercury hosted a ride and drive where the company showcased 2006 Mercury vehicles including the exciting, new Milan. Inside the main hall, Ford stole the show with a drag race setup where two people could race each other in 2006 Mustang GTs on two chassis dynos. The simulated drag strip, complete with starting tree that worked just like one on a drag strip enabled each driver to duplicate an actual drag race. The Mustangs sounded awesome as the participants wound them up. This ingenious display, created by Ford Motor Company’s talented Global Experiential Marketing Group was introduced in the company’s exhibit at the 2005 SEMA Show. It was the talk of the show. At Barrett Jackson, the two car simulated drag race program enabled Ford to totally dominate the inside exhibit area and as a result, the well designed and interesting Ford exhibit which included the soon to be introduced Shelby GT 500 coupe and convertible, was packed all three days.
Fresh from their outstanding showing at the famed Sebring International Raceway, Steeda President Dario Orlando and Racing Chief Engineer, Steve Chichisola continued their very successful development process on the Steeda Focus ZX3. This time, Moroso Motorsports Park in Jupiter Farms was the scene of the action as the SCCA Florida Region hosted the Double South Atlantic Road Racing Championship races. Dario Orlando qualified the Focus third in a field of 60 cars the first day.
” I cannot believe just how easy and how much fun the ZX3 is to drive,” Dario stated, ” We are getting the suspension dialed in as we test and continue to develop new parts for our customers,” he continued. The 2.0 liter Zetec engines produces around 200 normally aspirated horsepower, enough to keep the yellow ZX3 ahead of the majority of the field. In fact the only cars to finish ahead of the Focus were purpose built race cars during the two days of competition.
Encouraged by the progress of the Focus, Orlando explained,”we plan to continually up grading our ZX3 all season long as the development process continues. The Focus is an exciting car both on the race track and on the street and we look forward to engineering and developing more and more competition proven Steeda Focus performance parts.”
The Sports Car Club of America season begins early in Florida and last year’s Southeast Division American Sedan Champion, Tom Ellis is continuing his winning ways.
Between the end of the 2005 season and the start of the new one, the talented Steeda technical team of Chad Coy and Sam Cory completely went through the Mustang preparing it for the new campaign. Their many talents and hard work have paid large dividends as Ellis in only his third year of SCCA American Sedan competition is becoming a familiar figure in winner circles all over the Southreast.
To date Ellis in his Steeda Autosports prepared and equipped Mustang has notched wins at Sebring, Homestead and Road Atlanta with a second place in Savannah due to an off road excursion late in the race. At the Road Atlanta event Tom set a new American Sedan track record. The circuit is one of the more difficult courses on the Southeast Division schedule, but Tom Ellis has enjoyed great success the past two years with his Palm Express sponsored Mustang capturing two wins, one third place finish, plus setting a class track record during three visits to the track.
The fast and friendly Virginian, now residing in Pompano Beach, leads the Southeast Division by 17 points in his quest for a second championship and an invitation to the SCCA Run-offs this fall.