Just spotted this thread. I was in Dallas when I bought the new XR in '86 from the LM dealer who had no clue what the car was about. The service from them was so bad I filed an official complaint with the local Ford service rep and removed their badge from the car to facilitate forgetting doing business with them.
As for the Wichita locale, it would be fun if you came to the Garnett GP Revival with one of the cars in the fall. There was a full race '85 XR model there two years ago from KC.