Ford has announced it will be entering its iconic Mustang in the Nascar race series for the first time in 2010.
Ford Racing has gone through the official NASCAR submission and approval process for the new car and is now awaiting confirmation before production of Mustang parts can start so teams can build the first cars for testing.
Brian Wolfe, director of Ford North America Motorsports, said: “We’re excited about Mustang coming to Nascar. 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.
“We had been talking with Nascar for some time about Mustang as part of its vision for a ‘muscle car’ rollout for the Nationwide Series. We both saw it as a way of differentiating the series from Sprint Cup.
“We loved the idea, so we jumped on the chance to extend Mustang's racing legacy to a new series reaching a huge and loyal audience. I think race fans – and Mustang loyalists - will be very pleased when we publicly roll out the first car later this year.”