Pg 49. Looks like a 67 as a pace car.
The lady that worked for my insurance agent in California told me about one of those cars. Her Father was a Mercury executive on the west coast. She mentioned that he was driving a 'Pace Car Cougar' for a short period of time. She said it was used at Riverside and thought the year was 1968.Betcha that's a pic of the Sept. 1967 Riverside 250 Trans Am race. Cougars finished 1st (David Pearson) and 2nd (Ed Leslie).
In 1967 Mercury supplied Riverside Raceway with 3 Cougars to serve as pace cars. According to Raceway Magazine (Riversides in-house publication) - "Two of the cars are equipped with automatic transmissions and air conditioning. The other is equipped with a four-speed and FM radio. All the cars are similarly equipped with the 390 c.i. engine, disk brakes, handling package and various other little goodies the most noticeable of which are the red and silver paint jobs ala' Team Cougar Trans-American Sedan Race competition Cougars."
Now THOSE would be neat Cougars to find!