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Ford rolls Mustang No. 10 million off the line

Ford rolls Mustang No. 10 million off the line

Chevrolet switched its Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race auto to the Camaro body, this year.

It debuted in the spring, at the 1964 New York World's Fair, far before other companies that announced their latest offerings in the fall. Its first race was in 1964, when it was a surprise victor of the Tour de France Automobile, a 10-day, 4,000-mile suffer fest. It was a 10-day rally race. Soon after, it began a racing legacy in SCCA Trans-Am, IMSA, NHRA, Formula Drift and NASCAR Xfinity - NASCAR's second tier series.

All 13 Ford drivers now competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series were on hand for the unveiling for employees at the company's World Headquarters, along with team owners and NASCAR executives.

The automaker didn't release technical specifications, but Ford Performance Motorsports' global director, Mark Rushbrook, said "Our Ford Performance team has worked hard with the Ford Design team to create a Mustang that will be competitive on the track while remaining true to its proud heritage". Ford now runs the Fusion in the NASCAR Cup series, and it has found its way to victory lane nine times. "When they come look at my race auto, I can tell them it looks just like the Ford Mustang, and it's got a lot of power too". The days of shaving off the edges in the design are gone.

Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Tony Stewart wheeled out the vehicle Thursday afternoon, giving the racing community their first glimpse at the new Mustang.

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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.

"[They have been] involving the aero engineers and people from the race teams to try to accomplish the things they want and learn along the way, what [things] make the vehicle make sideforce or more downforce", Harvick said.

Owners were called upon to bring one Mustang for every model year to Ford headquarters, and they responded enthusiastically. Ricky Stenhouse Jr was the series champion is 2011 and 2012.

Adding the the Mustang to the top Cup series will make the model the fourth Ford to race the ovals since 1972 after the Thunderbird, Taurus, and Fusion.

The company's website has part of its home page dedicated to the 10 million Mustang milestone.