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Ford Mustang Could Be On Supercars Grid As Soon As 2017

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 26 / 16

A Ford Mustang could be on the Supercars grid as soon as '17 "under a Prodrive Racing Australia plan to keep the legend of the V8 engine alive," according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. As Holden considers racing V6 engines as the sport confronts generation next, Ford’s America...

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New AFL Ticket System Empowers Clubs

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Local Group: Melbourne Should Bid For Olympics

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Gaze Calls For NBL To Be Shut Down

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Ricciardo: Keep Aussie GP In Albert Park

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Daniel Ricciardo Pulls Crowd For Grand Prix

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Dixon: AFL Should Focus On South Africa

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