Despite winning the 2018 NASCAR Championship yesterday in Miami, Ford will debut a new Mustang to replace the Fusion that dominated the 2018 series. Meanwhile, Toyota who also had a strong 2018 season will be changing over to the iconic Supra sports car, which is set to debut in 2019 in the Xfinity series, replacing the Camry at the season opener in Daytona.
For Ford the change over to the popular “Pony Car,” is based on its amazing on track performance as well as its vast popularity worldwide. So, Ford is hoping that the Mustang will bring back the old saying in NASCAR, “Win on Sunday and sell on Monday.”
“We’re combining America’s favorite sports car with America’s top stock car racing series,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “Mustang always has been about affordable performance, which can be traced to innovations we’ve made competing in racing, like NASCAR. Mustang is a perfect fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow.”
2018 saw Chevrolet move to their iconic sports car the Camaro, while the gang at Toyota brought a bolder and more powerful version of the Camry to NASCAR. So, despite Ford’s success with the Fusion, some of their top teams and drivers were concerned that they might be falling behind on the performance side.
Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance’s global director, told Motorsport.com in an interview earlier this season that they expected to have the Mustang race ready from day one of the 2019 season.
“We certainly saw what happened with Toyota, especially last year, when they didn’t start out so well,” he said. “But they came on really strong and certainly by the middle of their season and end of the season they had a really good understanding of their car and were very competitive on track.
“We’re honestly looking at the new Chevrolet and wondering what any [early] issues there might be as they get up to speed with that new car.
“Something that is important for us is [that] we want to go win the Daytona 500 next year  with the new car or Atlanta the week after, we don’t want to wait for the competitiveness to come later in the season.
The 2018 season is now in the books which means the quest for the Monster Energy Cup in NASCAR 2019 has already starte