One of America's best-loved muscle cars the Ford Mustang, has had a successful racing career in a number of series including NHRA, Grand-Am, IMSA, SCCA and NMRA. Missing from that list is NASCAR, the nation's premier racing series. Now Ford has announced that the Mustang brand will compete for the first time in NASCAR from the 2010 season.
"We're excited about Mustang coming to NASCAR," said Brian Wolfe, director of Ford North America Motorsports. "It's the most successful product nameplate in racing history, and it seems only right that it should be coming to the most popular form of racing in North America."
Official NASCAR approval has been finalised and production of parts will begin once the templates have gone through the required processes. Teams will then start testing during the autumn for the coming season.
"We're excited about the new car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and particularly the new body styles such as the Ford Mustang," said NASCAR President Mike Helton. "It's going to be one good-looking race car."
The Mustang won't be the only Ford in racing however; the 2010 Fusion (Sprint Cup) and the 2009 Ford F-Series (Camping World Truck Series) are already earning their professional racing stripes.