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December 13, 2018

First look: 2019 Ford Mustang hits the track

First Look 2019 Ford Mustang

Ford Performance made a grand introduction of its 2019 Mustang with a drifting-themed video of the car getting a workout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano helped to put the specially equipped Mustang through its paces. Vaughn Gittin Jr. from the drifting realm joined in the video shoot, too.

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The infield portion of the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course was a perfect setting for the first full look of next year’s car in the Monster Energy Series. Watch the full video below.

The Mustang has a long history in racing. Its first race was in 1964, when it was a surprise winner of the Tour de France Automobile, a 10-day, 4,000-mile suffer fest. The Mustang has also competed in SCCA, Trans-Am, IMSA, NHRA, Formula Drift and NASCAR Xfinity (since 2011). But it has never competed at NASCAR’s highest level. That will change next year when it debuts in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 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. Designers and engineers worked hard to create a car that will be both competitive and remain true to its heritage.