Ford Mustang to race in Supercars in 2019
The Ford Mustang has been confirmed as a starter for the 2019 Supercars season, a partnership between Ford Performance, DJR Team Penske, and Tickford Racing.
FORD AUSTRALIA TODAY launched its Ford Performance brand in Australia with the ace up its sleeve being the confirmation that a Mustang V8 will take to the grid for the 2019 Supercars season. The homologation of the Mustang for Supercars, sees Ford Performance partner with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing. The teams are currently working on the design of the aerodynamics package.
“We’re proud to announce that Ford Australia, with our Ford Performance global team, is working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to homologate Mustang for 2019,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman.
“There’s been a lot of speculation and calls for Mustang to be on the track, and as a Ford Performance model that’s raced around the world, it’s fitting that Australia’s most popular sports car should be on our race tracks.”
While there’s speculation the Mustang will arrive in time for the Bathurst 1000, at least in some sort of exhibition lap, neither Ford Australia or its partners would confirm the car would be ready in time. What is confirmed is that the Mustang, which will run a V8, will be ready to race at the Adelaide 500 (the first round of the season). Since its inception in 1997, Supercars had prohibited the racing of two-door coupes but that is no longer the case.
“Having Ford back on the Supercars grid and with its iconic Mustang is going to be brilliant for the whole sport, said Tickford Racing team owner, Rod Nash. “This is a landmark day for Australian motorsport and the teams involved,” he added.
“Throughout the entire history of this team, we’ve never run anything but a Ford, and this announcement today is fantastic,” said DJR Team Penske Co-Owner, Dick Johnson.
“The fact that we will be able to build and race a Mustang in the 2019 Supercars Championship is music to my ears. It’s great to be back in the Ford fold, and we’ll continue to ensure that we give Ford – and its millions of fans – something to cheer about.”
While Ford fans were perhaps nervous Ford Australia might have walked away from Supercars for good with the death of the Falcon, Dick Johnson said he never lost the faith, adding that he would never have switched brands.
“Could you see me walking down pit lane in anything but a Ford jacket,” he told motoring media at the announcement today.
Building on its announcement about the Mustang joining Supercars, Ford Australia said the Ranger Raptor would serve as the official recovery car for Supercars and its support events. The Ranger Raptor will arrive in showrooms from September this year.