Ford unveils 2019 NASCAR Mustang

Nearly four months after Ford Performance announced it would bring the company’s iconic Mustang to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2019 the official unveil is here. On Thursday at noon ET Ford will metaphorically pull the cover off its latest

Ford then transformed to SCCA TransAm, IMSA, NHRA, Formula Drift and then the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Ford Performance and the design team's goal was to build a stock vehicle that remains true to the road car's design but also competitive on the track. "We can't wait to see it winning races in the NASCAR Cup Series next year", Rushbrook concluded.

Currently, there are 13 Ford drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Ford will celebrate its iconic muscle vehicle next year when it races the Mustang in NASCAR's top Cup Series. Not only does the vehicle have to perform right out of the gate, it must meet strict NASCAR guidelines to ensure parity between its teams and brands.

While a number of NASCAR racers don't have much of a resemblance to their production counterparts, Ford said their design and performance teams worked together to translate the Mustang's "signature style to meet NASCAR rules".

"Our sport eagerly anticipates the performance, style and fanfare the Mustang will bring to the track each weekend beginning at the 2019 Daytona 500", O'Donnell concluded.

Interestingly, Ford chose to make the racer look like a Mustang Shelby GT 350.

The auto was revealed to the media, NASCAR executives, Ford employees and the 13 current Ford NASCAR Cup drivers and their teams.

Ford has revealed the Mustang challenger that it will enter into the 2019 NASCAR Cup series.

Marty Snider of NBC Sports served as host, presenting the auto and conducting interviews with drivers including Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. "This auto is going to be fun to drive and it will be fun telling the Mustang story".

It's probably (definitively) no coincidence that Ford has chosen to announce its 2019 Mustang NASCAR racer in the week of its 10 millionth Mustang celebrations.

Ford Performance rolled out its 2019 Mustang in grand fashion Wednesday afternoon. Notably, Ricky Stenhouse Jr won back-to-back driver's championships with the auto in 2011 and 2012. Ford could stand its best chance for a long time in 2019 because the championship will introduce a raft of changes, including a new aero package, that should make for closer races.

Watch the full video of the 2019 Ford Mustang NASCAR race auto reveal below.

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