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12 August, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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"After more than a half-century, it feels great to finally let Mustang run in the top echelon of America's most popular stock vehicle racing series", said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing.

Ford marked the occasion for the vehicle, celebrated in American song and film and recognized the world over as a quintessentially American cultural export, with a big party and parade at the MI headquarters - complete with a flyover from World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter jets that are the car's namesake.

The 10 millionth Ford Mustang is a high-tech, 460 horsepower 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible equipped with the latest driver assist technology and built at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant. It will compete against Chevrolet's Camaro and the Toyota Camry.

While this will be the Mustang's first time competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the company has fielded a Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011. The Ford Mustang will make its debut in the top-level Cup Series for the Daytona 500, February 17, 2019.

Ford Design and Ford Performance worked carefully to translate Mustang's signature style to meet NASCAR rules, ensuring Mustang will look as great on the oval as it does on the street.

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Ford CEO Jim Hackett talked with Mustang fans who turned out the celebrate the 10 millionth Mustang. Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart drove a Mustang onto a stage for the reveal with all 13 Ford Cup drivers were in attendance. The manufacture won the 4,000 mile Tour de France Automobile. Ford now runs the Fusion in the NASCAR Cup series, and it has found its way to victory lane nine times.

Interestingly, Ford decided to make the racer look like a Mustang Shelby GT 350. There, the Mustang Xfinity racer has earned a championship every year save for one season.

"Our sport eagerly anticipates the performance, style and fanfare the Mustang will bring to the track each weekend beginning at the 2019 Daytona 500", O'Donnell concluded.

During its 54-year production history, Mustang also was built in San Jose, Calif., Metuchen, N.J., and the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn.

The automaker marked the occasion in style with its employees, at company headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan as well as at the Flat Rock plant.

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