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Car and Driver teases us in its December issue by connecting several dots that lead all the way to a new version of the SCCA's Trans-Am series (which, surprisingly, is still limping along under license). Imagine the new Mustang FR500GT racer (pictured) alongside similar purpose-built offerings based on the coming Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. All you'd need would be names like Titus, Penske, Gurney and Donohue β€” and a Sunoco sponsorship β€” to rehash the glory days of muscle-car road racing. The point man for such a revival, C&D says, would be Dan Davis of Ford Racing Technology, who's said he wants to launch a spec series for the new 550-hp Mustang racers. That series could give way to a broader one that includes Ford's competitors. Who says you can't go home again?

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