Get Your Heart Racing

On October 15, 2011, the Henry Ford Hospital’s Get Your Heart Racing charity event took place on the grounds of the super-secret Ford Motor Company Dearborn Proving Grounds. The event raised over $750,000 to benefit the Henry Ford Hospital.   Both racing legend Parnelli Jones and three-time X Games Gold Medalist and two-time Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust got their heart racing when they drove the 690 HP Steeda StreetFighter on the Ford handling course at speed.

Both Tanner Foust and Parnelli Jones were equally impressed with the outstanding handling of the StreetFighter and they were especially impressed with it’s nimble steering feedback as well as the exceptional manner in which it was able to handle the twisty turn and elevation changes that the course challenges drivers with.

In addition to the Steeda StreetFighter, event attendees were also treated to rides in a slew of Boss 302 Mustangs as well as some F150 Raptors on a challenging off-road course. When you add in a wet skid-pad area as well as a drag strip, the afternoon event was an experience that was indeed exceptional.  A grand finale featured Parnelli Jones driving a Boss 302 with Ford Marketing Executive John Felice and Tanner Foust doing a serious burnout in a Ford Racing supercharged 5.0L Mustang.

During the evening that was hosted by Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally, a one-of-a kind Boss 302 Laguna Seca designed by Ford Designer Melvin Betancourt with one-of-a-kind Parnelli Jones graphics was auctioned off for $300,000, and an original Camilo Pardo oil painting that was signed by Parnelli Jones sold for $10,000.  In total – over $750,000 was raised for the Henry Ford Hospital ensuring that inaugural event will become a reoccurring event next year!

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