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Ford to debut 'Dark Horse' Mustang for 2024 NASCAR Cup season

Ford Performance will debut a new version of its iconic Mustang in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2024.

2024 Ford Mustang 'Dark Horse'

Ford Performance unveiled a new-version Mustang to compete in the Cup Series beginning next season which is based on the Mustang ‘Dark Horse,’ the seventh generation Mustang.

The new version will make its on-track debut on 4 February 2024, at the pre-season exhibition Clash race at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“What a crazy year it has been revealing our new global Mustangs for racing. The positive response from our fans around the world has been amazing, and we’re confident that this Mustang ‘Dark Horse’ Cup car will be no different and that NASCAR fans will be excited to cheer us on next year,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.

“Our Ford Performance staff, together with our NASCAR race teams, have worked tirelessly in the wind tunnel developing this car, and I can’t wait to finally see it race on the track next season.”

2024 Ford Mustang 'Dark Horse'

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2024 Ford Mustang 'Dark Horse'

Ford officially unveiled the Mustang ‘Dark Horse’ just over a year ago, marking the first new performance nameplate for Mustang since 2001. It has inspired the current Mustang cars that race in the Australian Supercars and the Formula Drift series.

Additional Mustang ‘Dark Horse’ racing variants will be eligible to compete in GT3 and GT4 classes globally, and Dark Horse R will compete in the Mustang Challenge Series and many grassroots racing events.

“If she gallops as fast as she looks, it’s going to be a good year,” said Brad Keselowski, driver and co-owner of Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing. “Mustang is an iconic American car made famous around the world.

“I think of how Mustang has evolved over the years and how NASCAR has evolved along with it and they’re just two brands that go together. I’m proud to get to drive it and proud to be able to compete for the win in this car.”

2024 Ford Mustang 'Dark Horse'

Photo by: Ford

2024 Ford Mustang 'Dark Horse'

The Ford Mustang has been a fixture in NASCAR since coming to the Xfinity Series full-time in 2011 and immediately produced consecutive championship wins. Overall, Mustang has won a driver’s or owner’s championship in nine of 12 seasons in that series and captured manufacturer’s titles in 2011 and 2013.

Since coming to Cup in 2019, Mustang won the manufacturer’s championship and series-best 18 races in 2020, and a driver’s championship with Team Penske's Joey Logano in 2022.

Additionally, Mustang has won several marquee events, including the Daytona 500 twice, Southern 500 and Brickyard 400 once each, while also capturing the inaugural Clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum in the debut of the current Next Gen era cars.

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