Sunday, May 19, 2019

South Florida Ford Ambassadors Brenda and Mel recount their experience at the EcoBoost Challenge in the Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens, FL on Saturday April 26, 2014. 

Alright, we gotta admit – Monday morning commutes can be brutal, but after our Saturday at the Ford EcoBoost Challenge, we were stoked to get behind the wheel again. Talk about post-adrenaline!

The day kicked off with a quick registration. From there, we had a few options.

– Head over to the ST Performance Academy where professional instructors prepped us
before taking the wheel of a Fiesta ST on a timed racetrack course. That’s right – timed! This made for some friendly competition on the sidelines. (We averaged an impressive – at least to us – 26.2 seconds)

– We could also try out the EcoBoost Challenge Drive Course – where drivers can compare the Ford Fusion, Escape and F-150 with EcoBoost against their toughest competitors.

– Finally, we had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the C-MAX Hybrid and experience green driving on the Hybrid Challenge drive course.

Naturally, we opted to try it all.

And the best part is that we had some awesome company. South Florida Radio personality Humberto “El Gato” from Mega 94.9 joined us for the day’s activities. He provided just the right doses of enthusiasm and trash talk while competing for race times with some of our Ford fans. But despite all the trash talk, one of our fans outraced him!  It was a humbling experience for Gato — but it was all in good fun. The lucky winner took home a pair of tickets to the Marlins, a t-shirt and movie tickets to preview The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

It was an overall awesome day. Though we probably won’t be driving on the Ford EcoBoost 400 anytime soon, we can’t wait to beat our time at next year’s EcoBoost challenge.

Stay tuned for an exclusive peek on the racetrack with El Gato. For now, enjoy the the photo montage below!

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