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2010 NASCAR Ford Mustang - Click above for a high-res image

The rumors are true. The Ford Mustang is is headed to NASCAR, where stickers bearing the Mustang name and front end details will be affixed to stock cars that otherwise bear no resemblance whatsoever to the 2010 Mustang. The NASCAR Nationwide Series "Mustang" will be part of a "limited roll-out" during the 2010 season, which leads us to believe the car will see a full introduction the following year. The idea here is that using the Mustang nameplate in the Nationwide Series will help further differentiate it from the top-tier Sprint Cup. While that may well be the case, after seeing the rendering supplied by Ford above, we have to admit we winced a little. That NASCAR Mustang? Kinda funny-lookin'. So what do you think? Follow the jump to vote in our poll and read the official PR.

[Source: Ford Racing]

How do you feel about the 2010 NASCAR Mustang?
My eyes! Make it stop! 3848 (57.7%)
Hey, I like it! 2054 (30.8%)
What's NASCAR? 769 (11.5%)


MUSTANG extends racing presence - enters NASCAR FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2010 NATIONWIDE SERIES

· Mustang will be Ford's new race vehicle in the NASCAR Nationwide Series when it begins a limited rollout of its new car in 2010.
· Mustang's motorsports history includes many types of racing – drag, road, drifting – but this will be Mustang's first appearance in any NASCAR-sanctioned series.
· Mustang is Ford's most successful race car in its long history

DEARBORN, Mich., July 28, 2009 – Mustang is already the most successful single nameplate brand in professional racing history, but it hasn't competed in NASCAR – until now.

Brian Wolfe, director of Ford North America Motorsports, made the announcement today that Mustang will debut as part of NASCAR's "new car" limited rollout in the 2010 Nationwide Series.

"We're excited about Mustang coming to NASCAR," said Wolfe. "It's the most successful product nameplate in racing history, and it seems only right that it should be coming to the most popular form of racing in North America.

"We had been talking with NASCAR for some time about Mustang as part of its vision for a 'muscle car' rollout for the Nationwide Series. We both saw it as a way of differentiating the series from Sprint Cup," said Wolfe. "We loved the idea, so we jumped on the chance to extend Mustang's racing legacy to a new series reaching a huge and loyal audience. Mustang has dominated other forms of racing, including NHRA drag racing, Grand-Am Cup road racing, and Formula D drifting, and now it's coming to NASCAR Nationwide.

"I think race fans – and Mustang loyalists - will be very pleased when we publicly roll out the first car later this fall."

Ford Racing has gone through the official NASCAR submission and approval process for the new car, and, once templates are finalized, production of Mustang parts will start so teams can build the first cars for testing later this fall.

"We're excited about the new car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and particularly the new body styles such as the Ford Mustang," said NASCAR President Mike Helton. "It's going to be one good-looking race car."

The 2010 Ford Mustang will join the 2010 Fusion (Sprint Cup) and the 2009 Ford F-Series (Camping World Truck Series) as Ford's competitive entries in NASCAR's three major professional series.

"We're excited about being able to race Mustang in front of our loyal NASCAR fan base and know it's going to win races and championships just like it has in every other series it has competed," said Wolfe. "The Mustang created the pony car movement when it debuted in 1964. Now, the NASCAR Mustang has the opportunity to create a whole new look to stock car racing at its highest levels."

Mustang in Racing

From the time the very first Mustang rolled off the assembly line in 1964, it was destined to race. Whether it be from the 1960s drag racing cars and the Shelby GT350-R SCCA racers, to the Trans-Am Boss 302 Mustangs of the seventies, to the IMSA and Trans-Am cars of the eighties and nineties, to the drag race and sports car racing Mustangs of today, Mustang has been a winner.

Mustang currently competes professionally in the NHRA Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions and places like the Grand-Am KONI Challenge, SCCA World Challenge, and the Mustang Challenge Series. In addition, thousands of Mustangs see action by grassroots racers at road courses and drag strips all across America.

Since its debut in 1964, Mustang has compiled more than 2,000 professional racing victories in NHRA, Grand-Am, IMSA, SCCA, NMRA and NMCA, as well as other racing series.

The 2010 Mustang

Muscle goes modern for 2010 as the Ford Mustang – America's favorite muscle car for 45 years straight – hits the streets with a new exterior design; new world-class interior featuring well-crafted materials and updated technology; and a V-8 with 315-horsepower and an even throatier signature Mustang exhaust sound.

In true Mustang tradition, there is a "steed for every need." Customers can choose from a V-6 or V-8 with their choice of coupe, convertible or innovative glass roof, plus several new options and features delivering the opportunity for customers to personalize their cleaner, meaner-looking Mustangs.

The new Mustang was recently launched through the "The '10 Unleashed" campaign, which gives enthusiasts the chance to unleash their Mustang side behind the wheel of the new 2010 Mustang – whether it be drifting in Japan like world champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr. or customizing a new Mustang using Ford Racing Performance Parts.

Through Aug. 15, consumers can submit their own Mustang dream experience in 250 words or less via Ford's "The '10 Unleashed" site at www.the2010Mustang.com. Written submissions will be judged based on creativity, uniqueness and execution of idea. Winning submissions will be selected every few weeks, and winners will be able to turn their Mustang experience into reality.

About Ford North America Motorsports

Ford North America Motorsports, based in Dearborn, Mich., is responsible for major racing operations in North America, including NASCAR (Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck), Grand American sports car racing, NHRA drag racing, USAC midget car racing and the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup. Ford North America Motorsports also oversees the development and marketing of Ford Racing Engines and Performance Parts, the outreach programs with all Ford Clubs and Ford enthusiasts, and the marketing of the Ford Racing brand through initiatives such as Team Ford Racing. For more information regarding Ford Racing's activities, please visit www.fordracing.com.

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      k that is one of the uglisest cars i have ever seen, execept for the Scion xB and the Nissan Cube, but that's besides my point:
      Nascar Should open up a totally new serries that allows people with muscle cars to compete! They could have the new Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger go head to head just like they do in Sprint and Nationwide, only with muslce cars....

      The NASCAR Muscle Car Series!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I rose by any other name will smell just like a rose and according to outkast they smell like poopoo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't help but think that this photoshop is misdirection on Ford or NASCAR's part, or simply a bad rendering done by an inexperienced designer.

      We've already seen the Challenger that will be entering the Nationwide series next year, and that actually has a front clip like that of a Challenger. The grille is inset with the headlights, just like on the production Challenger, and while the "headlights" will be stickers, they're stickers on ACTUAL structures that mimic the shape of a Challenger headlight.

      I can't imagine Ford bringing its most famous nameplate to NASCAR, and simply doing a badge job on a car, particularly when Dodge is bringing Challenger with a REAL Challenger nose on it. Of course, you're not going to be able to change the greenhouse, the rear wing, or much of the rear quarterpanels, but the nose and hood should mimic the actual car, instead of just slap stickers on it.

      I'm reserving judgment until I see a REAL car on the track, in photos, not a rendering. I don't think this is the actual body.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NASCAR = National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.................. what happened to the STOCK part of it? I might like NASCAR if they still raced cars i could go to the showroom and buy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...not to mention that Car and Auto together are a little redundant. I doubt anybody would read the acronym and think rail cars.

        Then again, they might as well be rail cars for as relevant as they are to "Stock" cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i dont look like one so therefore shouldn't be used stock car people stock looking at least
        • 5 Years Ago
        Holy cow! That post got away from you, eh? :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's what bugs me about it....

      We all know NASCAR won't change anything with the greenhouse of the car protecting to driver, but what is so hard about making tins that look like the car?! They have all this technology and equipment in these shops, there going to tell me they can't make the car look decent!? The Challenger looks way better and more to the production car at this point.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks nothing like the actual car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Rob:

        Obviously you have never been to an actual race. Oh, and nice stereotyping the average NASCAR fan there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, damned straight. They ought to be like LeMons and F1 and stuff where those Audis, Puegeots, Ferarris, etc look just like the regular street cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        NONE OF THEM DO. Which is one of the reasons nascar SUCKS ASS.

        Other reasons? Fans. Hillbillies and other trash. Oh, the racing is really boring too. Want America to start making competitive cars? Let the hillbillies relish in 60s70s stuff, and built a GT style racing series here in America. That competes WORLDWIDE with everything else made today.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Show me which of those series has the SAME BODY ON ALL CARS...

        Thought so....
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        Yeah, I mean if the aero rules are so tight that they weren't allowed to make the race car even resemble the road car why bother?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Oh, and nice stereotyping the average NASCAR fan there."

        You mean it gets worse?
        • 5 Years Ago
        If Nascar converted to the old days where they did have stock bodied cars, I bet alot more people would be into it. When an automaker came out with a superior car (like the Thunderbird back in the glory days) that woops the rest of the competition, thats more of a marketing dream then the winning car of the clone race having your stickers on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Rob

        Yes I know. But at least the others are closer. This has no shapes of the actual car from any angle. It is especially unlike the real deal than others in NASCAR.
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      What where they thinking....*facepalm*
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      There is a desperate need for a proper stock-car racing series. What was the point of reinventing all of these american cars without it? That's where the mustang, camaro, and challenger all belong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More like Trans Am racing used to be. All for that.

        But that seems more like an SCCA-type enthusiast event than a mass media marketing monster that NASCAR seems to have become.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i own a 2010 mustang gt,what is in my garage doesn't look much like the mess that nascar has created.
        • 5 Years Ago
        SCCA. Stop feeding the corporate NASCAR monster, support real racing!

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      It's not a mustang, it's mustang stickers.

      Too bad NASCAR dosn't go back to racing actual cars. Then the big three might be motivated to build cars that actually perform.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Too much of a standard nascar look--it doesn't look like a Mustang anymore.

        Give it the SCCA real stock car look, or be retro and do a Trans-Am look. Keep it real.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else think the association to NASCAR will actually hurt the Mustang image? I think it needs to be separating itself from that appeal, not going backwards.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The mustang will now appeal to trailer trash crystal meth addicts with mullets lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        So...nothing has changed...
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