The 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid has been chosen to pace the Ford 400 race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale.

What better way to highlight our wasteful polluting of the planet than by running a hybrid as a pace car at a NASCAR race?

The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been chosen to pace the track at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. And the car will be cloaked in camouflage green to emphasis its environmental street cred.

But if you read 178 pages down into this press release you will note that the Fusion Hybrid leads the field only to the green flag, after which the 263 hp Fusion Sport takes over for the remainder of the race.

The Ford Fusion may sport a 700 mile range on a single tank of gas, but it seems that once the gasoline engine switches off and the car goes electric, the Fusion can't keep up.

Or are we being too harsh?

The new Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Sport will be officially unveiled at the L.A. Motor Show on November 19th.

Gallery: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid to Pace NASCAR Sprint Cup