Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ford will race muscle car Mustang in NASCAR's top series next year

Ford will race muscle car Mustang in NASCAR's top series next year

"Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world", said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. Mark Rushbrook, global director for Ford's motorsports activities, tried to push it one step farther, jokingly asking Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer, if the Mustang could run in Sunday's Consumers Energy 400 race at Michigan International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "It's such an iconic brand and iconic race auto that has been everywhere and now it's finally in the elite series of NASCAR where it belongs". That will change next year when it debuts in the Daytona 500 on February 17.

For the last several years, Ford's top-level NASCAR entries have been styled to look like the Fusion family sedan.

Ford gathered 60 Mustang owners of every model together at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in MI to spell out 10,000,000 with their vehicles, complete with a P-51 Mustang fighter plane flyover. Designers and engineers worked hard to create a auto that will be both competitive and remain true to its heritage. But racing is in the Mustang's DNA; the pony vehicle first entered a competition in 1964 when the Mustang won the Tour de France Automobile. "We can't wait to see it winning races in the NASCAR Cup Series next year". Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart drove a Mustang onto a stage for the reveal with all 13 Ford Cup drivers were in attendance.

Interestingly, Ford decided to make the racer look like a Mustang Shelby GT 350.

"[They have been] involving the aero engineers and people from the race teams to try to accomplish the things they want and learn along the way, what [things] make the vehicle make sideforce or more downforce", Harvick said. In that series, the Mustang has dominated the competition as it has won a championship in every season expect for one. It was also built in San Jose, California; Metuchen, New Jersey; and at the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn, Michigan. That auto was produced at the Flat Rock, Michigan assembly on Wednesday August 8, 2018.

Ford Design and Ford Performance worked carefully to translate Mustang's signature style to meet NASCAR rules.

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