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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Racing in America

      Almost 115 years after America's first auto race took place in Chicago, The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is planning to build a $15 million exhibit to celebrate the history and innovation of the fast-paced sport.  Fundraising is continuing for Racing in America, a permanent 22,000-square-foot exhibit, with no set timetable for when it will go on display, said a spokesperson for The Henry Ford.  Co-chairing the museum's efforts to build the exhibit are Edsel Ford II, Rick Hendrick, Roger Penske and Jack Roush, three of those four actively in racing with the ownership of racing teams.  Kids will love it as some of the exhibits will be interactive.
      The theme will be that racing is exemplary of America's 'can-do' spirit , and the creators of the display hope it will ignite and inspire "a new generation of dreamers, risk-takers, entrepreneurs and inventors,” according to a Museum spokesperson.  Every facet of car racing will be included, such as stock car racing, drag racing, road-racing sports cars, Indy cars and even land-speed record cars .
Some highlights : Henry Ford's first race car, Sweepstakes; and Bill Elliott's famous No. 9 car, which set the all-time NASCAR qualifying record at Talladega in 1987.
     Future race broadcasters will have the opportunity to announce a famous race on radio or on camera in the “broadcast booth.”  A special section for children will allow them to design race cars of tomorrow.

Shelby is involved in the planning but right now we don't know to what extent....

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