Ford bringing Mustang to NASCAR Cup Series in 2019

Classic Ford Mustang
Basic Ford Mustang (Getty Pictures)

Ford’s iconic Mustang is coming to NASCAR’s Cup Series in 2019, Ford Efficiency introduced Tuesday.

It can mark Ford’s fourth Cup Series mannequin in the so-referred to as “trendy period” that started in 1972, following the Thunderbird, Taurus and present mannequin Fusion.

“Mustang is a automotive that’s woven into the material of our nation, and it’s solely proper that we put it on the monitor in NASCAR’s most seen collection. I can’t wait,” Ford board member Edsel B. Ford II stated in a press release.

The change impacts Ford Efficiency’s six organizations — Wooden Brothers Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Staff Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, Entrance Row Motorsports and Go Fas Racing — and thirteen groups in the Cup Series.

It is a noteworthy transfer, too, based mostly on present Cup Series factors standings as a result of 5 of the highest six drivers in the Monster Power Series standings drive Fords, led by Joey Logano who presently sits in second place. Ford has gained 4 of eight 2018 races, with Kevin Harvick profitable three straight at one level and Clint Bowyer breaking a one hundred ninety-race winless streak at Martinsville.

The transfer follows Toyota’s and Chevrolet’s vital modifications in physique types over the previous two years. Chevy launched the Camaro ZL1 into the Cup Series this yr.

Ford has used the Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011. The Mustang continues to be going via preliminary testing and shall be formally submitted to NASCAR for approval this summer time, Ford officers stated.