The Michael Shank Racing team is at Daytona International Speedway for testing of the new 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost powered Daytona Prototype, but rain has delayed its runs.
The MSR/Ford team will aim to set a new track record at the “World Center of Speed” by eclipsing the 210.364mph lap laid down Feb. 9, 1987, by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, with a NASCAR Ford Thunderbird in qualifying for the Daytona 500.
“It's really a privilege to have an opportunity to put your name in the record books like this,” team owner Mike Shank said earlier this month. “It is almost inconceivable that this record has stood for such a long time, so it's pretty special to be involved. We worked a long time to develop our relationship with Ford to be in a position to take on projects like this. Anytime you can get in the record books, it is a great opportunity and just builds on what this company has done.”
The track is currently drying. Fans can follow progress via the @FordRacing Twitter page and Facebook page.