Date: April 17, 2018
Author: Tom Errington
It currently runs the Fusion in the top-tier Cup series and it is the oldest make on the grid after Chevrolet introduced its new Camaro for 2018, a year after Toyota brought an updated Camry.
There had been speculation throughout the 2018 season that Ford would introduce a new car and its leading teams such as Penske and Wood Brothers had asked for improvements to the current car over the off-season.
The Mustang has already competed in the Xfinity series, but will now replace the Fusion in Cup next year.
Mustang has competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011, winning championships in all but one season.
It has taken Team Penske to four owner’s championships in the last five years and carried Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to consecutive driver’s championships in 2011 and 2012.
This will be Ford’s fourth different Cup model in NASCAR’s modern era (1972-present), following Thunderbird, Taurus and Fusion.
“This announcement makes me very happy,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford Motor Company’s board of directors. “Mustang is a car that is woven into the fabric of our country, and it’s only right that we put it on the track in NASCAR’s most visible series. I can’t wait.”
Ford has six organizations and 13 teams in its NASCAR lineup, including Wood Brothers Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske, Stewart-Haas Racing, Front Row Motorsports and Go Fas Racing.
Ford is second in 2018 NASCAR Cup Series manufacturer standings and has not won a championship since 2004 with Kurt Busch.
The Mustang is still going through initial testing and will be formally submitted to NASCAR for approval this summer.
Article courtesy of Motorsport.com