WATCH: Ford Reveals First-Ever NASCAR Mustang


Ford has officially revealed the new Mustang NASCAR Cup race car, marking the first time that the legendary Ford vehicle will grace tracks at the highest level of professional racing.


While racing is not new to the Ford Mustang, Ford engineers had to work carefully to craft a Mustang that fits NASCAR’s required specifications and also retains recognizable Mustang characteristics. The result is a powerful Ford Mustang that is ready to compete on racing’s grandest stage.


Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing, said that racing is in the Mustang’s DNA and that being selected to race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is a fitting decision for the world’s best-selling sports car.


“Mustang has raced since it was first sold in 1964,” Thai-Tang said.  “After more than a half-century, it feels great to finally let Mustang run in the top echelon of America’s most popular stock car racing series.”


The Mustang’s first-ever competition was in 1964 where it unexpectedly won the Tour de France Automobile, a 4,000-mile, 10-day race. Since then, it has raced in the SCCA Trans-Am, IMSA, NHRA, Formula Drift and NASCAR Xfinity — NASCAR’s second highest stage.


Despite the necessary changes that had to be made to comply with NASCAR rules, Mark Rushbrook, the global director for Ford Performance Motorsports, says that the Mustang remains true to its distinctive, stylish roots.


“Our Ford Performance team has worked hard with the Ford Design team to create a Mustang that will be competitive on the track while remaining true to its proud heritage. We can’t wait to see it winning races in the NASCAR Cup Series next year,” Rushbrook said.


The race-ready Mustang also received praise NASCAR. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development offer, called the Mustang a “cultural icon” and welcomed its upcoming debut at the 2019 Daytona 500.


“We look forward to seeing the Ford Mustang, a cultural icon, on the track in the most competitive series in all of motorsports,” O’Donnell said. “Our sport eagerly anticipates the performance, style and fanfare the Mustang will bring to the track each weekend beginning at the 2019 Daytona 500.”


You can watch the unveiling of the 2019 Ford Mustang NASCAR race car below.



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