NASCAR Cup Ford Mustang ready to race

Ford unveils 2019 NASCAR Mustang

Ford unveils 2019 NASCAR Mustang

The end result is pretty impressive as the race vehicle is instantly recognizable as a Mustang.

The Blue Oval on Thursday revealed the cup racer ahead of its competition debut in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series, where it will fill the shoes of the Fusion.

Instead, Ford plans to run a Mustang-inspired auto like it does in the Xfinity series. The Camaro is in its first season of competition.

The purpose-built Mustang race vehicle isn't named after a specific production model, but its bodywork most closely resembles the GT350.

The Mustang was first entered in a race in 1964 when it won the Tour de France Automobile, a 4,000 mile, 10-day rally.

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The automaker didn't release technical specifications, but Ford Performance Motorsports' global director, Mark Rushbrook, said "Our Ford Performance team has worked hard with the Ford Design team to create a Mustang that will be competitive on the track while remaining true to its proud heritage". Ford now runs the Fusion in the NASCAR Cup series, and it has found its way to victory lane nine times.

Tony Stewart, a three-time Cup Series champion and current team owner in the series, did the honors by driving the Mustang from the Ford plant at Flat Rock, Michigan, almost 20 miles to Ford headquarters in Dearborn. "Our sport eagerly anticipates the performance, style and fanfare the Mustang will bring to the track each weekend beginning at the 2019 Daytona 500".

"After more than a half-century, it feels great to finally let Mustang run in the top echelon of America's most popular stock auto racing series", Thai-Tang concluded. The 10 millionth Mustang rolled off the production line Wednesday. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won back-to-back driver's championships in 2011 and 2012, while Roger Penske has claimed the owner's title in four of the last five years.

While manufacturers traditionally struggle in the Cup series during the first year with a new auto, Ford has said it will target wins at the first two rounds of 2019 - in the Daytona 500 and at Atlanta. That auto was produced at the Flat Rock, Michigan assembly on Wednesday August 8, 2018.

The new vehicle will make its debut next February at the Daytona 500. Stay tuned next week for the reveal of the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.

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