A Silent Car at a NASCAR® Race
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The first car I bought with my own money was a Ford. A bright blue 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 2-door coupe, to be exact, purchased from an ex-boyfriend’s mom (hello awkward, meet Alex).

I loved that car and all it symbolized. Every mile was mine. Every dent. Every oil change. Everything it needed and everywhere I went that Ford was my American-made car.

I held on to my Ford Escort long past its practicality. I was married with 2 children before I finally accepted that I needed a 4-door car made in the same decade as my children.  After some debate, my husband and I also decided to buy the most eco-friendly car we could afford, and at the time, I was enamored with a he-who-shall-not-be-named hybrid. So I left my blue Ford Escort and Ford Motor Company behind.

Miles and years later news broke that the Ford Fusion Electric car would be the pace car for the NASCAR® race in Richmond. An electric car driving on the Richmond International Raceway? Did someone know I’m being forced to become a race fan?

I attended to my first NASCAR race just seven months earlier. My son and I cheered for “the blue car.” I’m a Connecticut Yankee who only knows football. However, I watched my son fall in love with racing in September, and I knew that I needed to learn more. Such as terms like “drivers’ meeting” instead of “players’ meeting” to keep myself from embarrassing him down the road.

After much debate about the weather – which was having a hard time deciding between rain and not – and a ride around the track with Brett Bodine that was terrifyingly fast, I met the Ford Focus Electric pace car. Yes, I’m nerdy enough to just want to meet hip new cars, but I also had a personal agenda. I wanted to know if I could make the jump from my hybrid to an electric car. Or even more radical, could my family dump our other traditional car and be completely eco-friendly?

Photo credit: www.pink-photography.com

I think we could. The Ford Focus Electric didn’t scream “I’m owned by a hippie,” which is a plus for me since I don’t need any help not fitting in. The car looked good. The only thing I noticed was that it was completely silent. And it plugged in like a laptop computer. I was falling in love.

I’ll admit it though: The pace car looked best when Carl Edwards was in the first spot behind it probably, because watching the race from his pit box made me a Ford Racing fan for life.

My son may never forgive me for not being able to take him, and I may never forgive myself for having to finish watching the race at home. Let it be known that when I left, Carl Edwards was still in the lead. Which I’m pretty sure translates to: If anyone at Ford needs me to bring good luck in the future, I’m available with a 5-year-old assistant. We may even show up in an electric car.

Bio: Alex Iwashyna spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it’s serious) about life, parenting, marriage, zombies, culture and religion with special appearances by aliens, alienation and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She has a muse of a husband and two young kids who are Southern but not rude. Yet.

Photography provided for this article by www.pink-photography.com.

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29 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Ele T Ford wasn't my first car, but it's all I have right now. Ford Escape Hybrid, Ford Ranger EV, and a converted (to EV) Ford Festiva. Nice that Ford has gotten back in the EV business, I love my Ranger EV!
2 year(s) ago via
Ana G 1988 and 1990 Ford Mustang proud owner and still running strong. I guess even in the past Ford was thinking "Go Further" as well. :)
2 year(s) ago via
Doug C The Fiesta Diesel I rented in Italy got 65 MPG AND HAD LOTS OF POWER. Sell it in the USA.
2 year(s) ago via
Anthony I have to say...Honda has been my love and my life choice for cars...this new Ford concept might just win my heart.
2 year(s) ago via
Jay Pomeroy Ford neds to enter this car in next years Green Gran Prix at Watkins Glenn
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
What a great car.Please sell this car(Ford Focus Electric)in Australia and New Zealand.
2 year(s) ago via
Timothy Wyatt Wood I'd say between the Boss 302 and the EV it's a pretty even match for me - nothing beats the roar of thunder but you can't beat electric torque!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Timothy Wyatt Wood I'd say between the Boss 302 and the EV it's a pretty even match for me - nothing beats the roar of thunder but you can't beat electric torque!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ronald S All-electric is still not economically justifiable. The marketplace is speaking regarding Chevy's Volt. Avoid the wishful-thinking trap and think clearly on this: the one-liter Ecoboost engine (under development) and hybrid choices are viable and economical.
2 year(s) ago via
Jeb Hoge To Andrew Crouch...you DID notice that Ford's also selling a 600+ hp factory Mustang for 2013 too, right?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
There's no other brand I will own...
2 year(s) ago via
Paul Moody Will there be a Focus Electric at the Plymouth, MI "Green Street Fair" this weekend?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ruth A Hensley Garlits I hate it! Not for NASCAR!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Richard G Ford ranger will be sorely missed.calso f150 is a disaster.250is perfect. Why not make them alike they used too?
2 year(s) ago via
Lawrence Whitlock Please bring some Focus Electrics to Portland OR. Tired of seeing so many made in Japan Nissan Leafs. Show these eco people a true electric made in America by an American company.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
James Hutchison Fords rule! But a car with no noise? That's wrong!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew Crouch first EFi in Nascar...now electric pace cars? Ford, I love you but knock this junk off. Keep the elctrics to the folk in California. I'll stick to the V8 powered stuff.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Walt Chamberlain WOW!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andy Baumgart WHAT?! No NOISE?!!! Oc:)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Doug Heidebrink I wwant an AWD Mustang with ecoboost v6
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Carvel You need to make an AWD Focus and Fiesta!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lj Siciliano Like it or not it is coming!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Adrian Tonge That was a pointless article. I thought it might tell me something about the electric pace car. Note to the writer Carl Edwards would have won if he didn't try to hit the pace car off the restart. "Hit the pace car." Cruz "What?" answer "You have hit everything else out there and I want you to be perfect." LOL.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Phillip Santana Ford and Ford Racing All Day Baby!! That eletric pace car was nice, the new focus looks hot!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Miguel Maurtua forddddmidable....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Phillip Santana Your wbole ullshig
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kirk James Belfall Go ford go!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Abhishek Awanti https://m.facebook.com/itzateenthing?refid=5&m_sess=soAeszxp-Yxo7O9bp plz do join this page.:) its osm.! Totally fun n entertainment:-)
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