The next iteration of the Ford Mustang that will compete in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning next season was revealed Wednesday and is based on the Mustang Dark Horse.
“What a crazy year it has been revealing our new global Mustangs for racing,” Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, said. “The positive response from our fans around the world has been amazing, and we’re confident that this Mustang Dark Horse Cup car will be no different and that NASCAR fans will be excited to cheer us on next year. Our Ford Performance staff, together with our NASCAR race teams, have worked tirelessly in the wind tunnel developing this car, and I can’t wait to finally see it race on the track next season.”
Ford has raced the Mustang in the Cup Series since 2019. The company introduced the Mustang Dark Horse production vehicle last year.
In 2024, the Mustang Dark Horse nameplate will compete on six continents.
“If she gallops as fast as she looks, it’s going to be a good year,” Brad Keselowski said. “Mustang is an iconic American car made famous around the world. I think of how Mustang has evolved over the years and how NASCAR has evolved along with it and they’re just two brands that go together. I’m proud to get to drive it and proud to be able to compete for the win in this car.”
The Ford Mustang brand debuted in NASCAR in 2011 in the Xfinity Series. It has won the drivers’ or owners’ championship nine times. In the Cup Series, the Ford Mustang has won the four crown jewel events: the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500. Joey Logano drove it to a drivers’ championship in 2022.
“What I’ve learned over the years is every car looks good in victory lane,” Logano said, “but if it looks this mean just sitting here, it’ll look even better in victory lane.”