Ford to bring Mustang to 2019 NASCAR Cup Series

Ford points out the China was a particularly strong foreign market, with 7,125 new registrations making the Mustang the bestselling sporty 2-door among Chinese drivers. NASCAR team owner Roger Penkse slipped earlier this year, divulging that Ford would have a new body in 2019.

The addition of the Mustang to the Cup Series will make the model the fourth Ford to race the ovals since 1972 after the Thunderbird, Taurus, and Fusion.

Classic Industries joins the celebration of National Mustang Day by announcing the launch of its new Mustang product line. "It's a big nameplate for us, especially with how that vehicle is performing around the world with global sales".

That means Australians will continue to be denied access to Ford Performance-developed Mustang models like the GT350R and upcoming Shelby GT500. "For years, Mustang was unobtainable for customers on most parts of the planet".

"We've been working with the teams to ensure they have the best technical support to make Mustang a victor", said Ford Australia boss Graeme Whickman at a launch event for the Ford Performance brand in Melbourne.

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The most popular configuration worldwide is the Mustang GT with the iconic 5.0-liter V8. Ford is still going through initial testing of the vehicle and says it will submit it for official NASCAR approval by this summer.

The Mustang has been used in NASCAR's minor-league Xfinity Series since 2011. He adds that the "Mustang is a ideal fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow".

Despite that shift, Ford spokesman Mike Levine says the company stands by its cars, including the Fusion. DJR Team Penske now runs two Fords, while Tickford Racing fields four entries.

"Throughout the entire history of this team, we've never run anything but a Ford, and this announcement today is fantastic", Johnson said at the launch. Built in Germany and based on the highly-praised seventh-generation Fiesta - the current World Rally Champion with Ford Performance partner, UK-based M-Sport - the 2019 Fiesta ST is powered by a 147kW [i] three-cylinder turbocharged engine from Ford's award- and race-winning EcoBoost engine line-up, matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Its debut will held at Daytona on February of 2019.

  • Joey Payne