Ford bringing back Mustang to NASCAR's top level

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Ford marked the occasion for the auto, celebrated in American song and film and recognized the world over as a quintessentially American cultural export, with a big party and parade at the MI headquarters - complete with a flyover from World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter jets that are the car's namesake.

Ford EVP Jim Farley took time during the celebration of the 10 millionth Mustang to discuss the evolution of the Mustang, including the upcoming hybrid model.

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

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The first race for the new NASCAR Mustang will be the Daytona 500 on February 17, 2019.

The Cup-level Mustang is the result of collaboration between NASCAR, Ford performance and design teams and NASCAR teams that field entries for the famed blue oval.

Ford celebrated the milestone with employee celebrations at its Dearborn headquarters and its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, including flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Mustangs produced for more than five decades paraded from Dearborn to Flat Rock, where the Mustang now is manufactured. Designers and engineers worked hard to create a vehicle that will be both competitive and remain true to its heritage. It won its first competition in 1964, when it surprisingly won the Tour de France Automobile, a grueling 4,000 mile, 10-day rally.

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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. "We can't wait to see it winning races in the NASCAR Cup Series next year", Rushbrook concluded. "Our sport eagerly anticipates the performance, style and fanfare the Mustang will bring to the track each weekend beginning at the 2019 Daytona 500".

Ford has not won a Cup championship since 2004 when Kurt Busch was victorious for Roush Fenway Racing, but the Fusion could yet end its drought now Stewart-Haas Racing's Kevin Harvick has become one of the "Big Three" dominating the series this year.

The NASCAR Ford Mustang closely resembles the street version of the same auto. Roger Penske of Team Penske claimed the owner's title four of the last five seasons.

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The automaker threw itself a party at its headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., and the assembly plant where the iconic sports auto is made.

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