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New Ford Mustang Race Car Unveiled For Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Ford unveils 2019 NASCAR Mustang NASCAR Cup Ford Mustang ready to race
Andrew Wong | 11 August, 2018, 01:28

The world's best selling sports vehicle is getting a makeup in the oval racing world. Ford's engine will also be built in 5.8-litre pushrod V8 form, as per series regulations, and produce close to 900 American horses.

"To put the performance behind the auto is important, but also to keep the awesome styling from the street vehicle - to put that on the racetrack and keep the cars looking the same, keeping that badass look that the Mustang has, it's exciting", said Team Penske driver Joey Logano. It was a 10-day rally race.

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"Obviously, with Mustang there's a lot of racing history", said Mark Rushbrook, global director for Ford Performance motorsports. Ford now runs the Fusion in the NASCAR Cup series, and it has found its way to victory lane nine times. The days of shaving off the edges in the design are gone.

Tony Stewart, a three-time Cup Series champion and current team owner in the series, did the honors by driving the Mustang from the Ford plant at Flat Rock, Michigan, almost 20 miles to Ford headquarters in Dearborn. The new race auto made it's debut at Ford's World Headquarters.

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The Mustang has raced in the second-tier Xfinity Series since 2011. "Our sport eagerly anticipates the performance, style and fanfare the Mustang will bring to the track each weekend beginning at the 2019 Daytona 500". Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won back-to-back driver's championships in 2011 and 2012, while Roger Penske has claimed the owner's title in four of the last five years.

The Mustang's entry into the NASCAR Cup Series marks the first time the pony auto enters the series, though the Mustang has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity series since 2011. Ford just pushed the 10 millionth Mustang off the assembly line. Ford could stand its best chance for a long time in 2019 because the championship will introduce a raft of changes, including a new aero package, that should make for closer races.

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His sentiments were echoed by NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell who stated "We look forward to seeing the Ford Mustang, a cultural icon, on the track in the most competitive series in all of motorsports". Stay tuned next week for the reveal of the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.

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