This was a big week for the Mustang, Ford’s oldest car and the world’s best-selling sports coupe. In addition to the NASCAR news Thursday, the 10 millionth Mustang rolled off the assembly plant in Flat Rock on Wednesday.
“The power and style of the Mustang brand has been iconic throughout America and it’s no secret that the NASCAR fan base is the most brand loyal,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, during the unveiling. “When you put those two together and we look at the future of NASCAR and Ford, I think you are going to see some great sales, and I think you are also going to see some great action on the track.”
The drivers and NASCAR officials already were in town for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The Mustang has a long history in racing. Its first race was in 1964, when it was a surprise winner of the Tour de France Automobile, a 10-day, 4,000-mile suffer fest. The Mustang has also competed in SCCA, Trans-Am, IMSA, NHRA, Formula Drift and NASCAR Xfinity (since 2011). But it has never competed at NASCAR’s highest level. That will change next year when it debuts in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, 2019.
The Cup-level Mustang is the result of collaboration between NASCAR, Ford performance and design teams and NASCAR teams that field entries for the famed blue oval. Designers and engineers worked hard to create a car that will be both competitive and remain true to its heritage.
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