Ford Mustang officially approved for Supercars entry
DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing get the stamp needed from Supercars Australia to go racing with the Ford Mustang in 2019.
The Ford Mustang has officially been approved for entry into the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship after completion of its homologation tests. “Today, Mustang passed a significant milestone in its return to the track,” said Ford Australia and New Zealand President and CEO, Kay Hart.
“We’re proud of the partnership we share with Ford Performance, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing, in achieving the goal of a competition-ready Mustang for the 2019 season, and beyond.”
Brian Novak, Ford Performance Motorsports Supervisor, spoke of the collaborative effort in achieving the homologation of the Mustang Supercar for the 2019 season. “This has been a huge effort from everyone involved, and a credit to the professionalism and commitment of the teams,” said Novak.
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“We’ve worked hard to deliver a Mustang that is capable of winning races and claiming championships, which is Ford Performance’s reason for being, and the Mustang Supercar has also benefitted greatly from the talent of the teams – DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing – to culminate in what should be a formidable package.”
The 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will include at least six Ford Mustangs, with 2018 Champion Scott McLaughlin and DJR Team Penske teammate Fabian Coulthard joined by four Tickford Australia Mustangs including 2014 Bathurst winner Chaz Mostert’s #55.
Ryan Story, Managing Director of DJR Team Penske said: “The Mustang project has now been ongoing for over 18 months, so getting the tick of approval through the VCAT [V8 Supercars Aerodynamic Testing] process is a great milestone.
“That is only step one for us, however, as we must now get the race cars built and ready to perform for the 2019 season. We’re very proud of Mustang in our first effort as Ford’s Supercars homologation team, and are very much looking forward to doing the ‘Blue Oval’ proud in coming years.”
The Ford Mustang’s inaugural race will be Round 1 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, at the Superloop Adelaide 500 from February 28 – March 3, 2019.