Ford has revealed the Mustang is to set to take its place on the grid for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The Mustang will make its Australian track debut at the first round of the Supercars Series in March 2019 at the Adelaide 500. Ford Australia and Ford Performance are working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing in homologation of Mustang for competition next year, as the Supercars Series enables two-door coupes entry into the nation’s most popular series for the first time since its inception in 1997.
“We’re proud to announce that Ford Australia, with our Ford Performance global team, is working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to homologate Mustang for 2019,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO. “There has been a lot of speculation and calls for Mustang to be on the track, and as a Ford Performance model that’s raced around the world, it’s fitting that Australia’s most popular sports car should be on our race tracks.”
Ford Australia and Ford Performance will work with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing, combining the technical knowledge and expertise of Ford Performance with the experience and skillset of these highly successful teams. DJR Team Penske is the 2017 Supercars teams champion, while Tickford Racing has also claimed numerous championships and endurance victories in recent years.
“The Mustang nameplate is one the of the most legendary in the world and we are proud to have it lining up on our grid in 2019,” said Sean Seamer, CEO of Super cars Australia. “I know Australians, New Zealanders and our fans around the world will be just as excited as I am to see the Mustang take to our tracks in the world’s best Touring car racing.”
“This is an exciting announcement for DJR Team Penske and for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship,” added Roger Penske, Team Co-Owner of DJR Team Penske, “We have been working closely with the Ford Motor Company over the past few years and this really builds a lot of momentum for Supercars. Ford’s dedication to the technical aspects of this process will continue to raise the bar for DJR Team Penske and the other Ford teams. The Mustang brand has such an iconic history in motorsports and it will be great to be racing them in multiple Series.”
Ford Performance has worked with a number of competition partners globally, including Chip Ganassi Racing in the World Endurance Championship with the Le Mans-winning Ford GT; the Ford Fiesta with M-Sport, 2017 World Rally Champions and current leaders of the WRC.
In addition, Ford Performance is also part of NASCAR, British Formula 4 competitions and the NHRA.
Ford Performances engineering and design innovation extends from circuit to road vehicles, with fully tested, engineered and warranted performance components and accessories for Ford Performance road-going models, including suspension, exhaust and related upgrades for Australian Mustang owners.