Ford Mustang planned for Monster Energy Series in 2019
For the third year in a row, the Ford Mustang is the best-selling sports coupe in the world, with 125,809 cars registered in 2017. Building on this popularity, Ford has announced that the car will be coming to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, starting with the running at Daytona in February 2019, and replacing the Fusion that is currently run in the in the series.
Mustang has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity series since 2011, and has won championships in all but one season. It has taken Team Penske to four owners championships carried Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Consecutive driver’s championships in 2011 and 2012.
“We’re combining America’s favorite sports car with America’s top stock car racing series,” commented Ford Performance Motorsports global director, Mark Rushbrook. “Mustang always has been about affordable performance, which can be traced to innovations we’ve made competing in racing, like NASCAR. Mustang is a perfect fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow.”
The new Mustang is, however, still going through its initial testing and will be formally submitted to NASCAR for approval this summer. A public unveiling of the finished product will soon follow, before it is unleashed in anger at the Daytona 500 in February 2019 by the 13 teams that are running Fords, including Team Penske, Roush Fenway and Stewart-Haas Racing.