It may have been unseasonably cold last Saturday and Sunday in Daytona but Ford Racing’s new 2010 Boss 302R was hot during testing on the Daytona International Speedway road course. The test also marked the debut of the new 5.0-liter engine that will be in the production 2011 Mustang GT. The race version of the 5.0-liter engine features a prototype tunnel ram style intake and retains the Variable Cam Technology of its street sibling.

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Multimatic Motorsport’s Scott Maxwell driving the lead 302R set the fastest Grand Sport lap time and led all test entries during the three-day test for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The 2010 Grand Sport class will feature the new Camaro, Challenger, BMW M3 and Porsche Carrera/997. The Challenge opens its season at Daytona on Friday, January 29th with the Fresh From Florida 200.

Maxwell ended the weekend with the fastest (GS) time, a lap of 1:59.215 (107.503 mph), in the No. 16 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang. The car is painted orange with black stripes to match the famous Parnelli Jones/Bud Moore effort from the 1970’s era.

"It went well beyond our expectations," said Maxwell of the new Boss 302R model. "The car is very competitive, and we're happy with the program. There is still more room for improvement, but long-term I think it's going to be a strong car. We're not going away thinking everything's rosy, but it's a good start."

Dean Martin, driving a four year old FR500C Mustang led the final practice session on Sunday in the No. 52 Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang GT, clocking in at 1:59.280 (107.445 mph), only .065 seconds behind Maxwell. 2009 Grand Sport champion Ken Wilden, driving a second FR500C Mustang for Rehagen Racing was second quick in Sunday's afternoon session and third overall at 1:59.399 (107.338 mph) in the No. 59 Belesta Ford Mustang GT.

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