• Oct 13th 2009 at 1:57PM
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Ford Mustang NASCAR Nationwide Car – Click above image to enlarge

Hold on to your butts, people. Ford Racing and Roush Fenway Racing have unveiled their new stock car based on the poniest of pony cars. Prior to this, Ford teams in NASCAR have driven Fusions. Well, all right, none of them were actual Fusions or will be actual Mustangs. Rather, they'll be normal stock cars like everyone else in NASCAR drives that are covered with enough stickers and fake grilles to make you think that you might be looking at a Mustang from the stands. Man, "stock car" has really become a contradiction in terms.

Now you won't see Mustangs turning left next week in Charlotte at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The new car will compete in four races next year and only in the Nationwide Series, not the Sprint Cup. As such, it won't be based on the Car of Tomorrow platform that the Sprint Cup series uses, but rather the newer, different Car of Tomorrow platform designed specifically for the Nationwide Series. This first new Mustang to race in the Nationwide Series will be the No. 16 Con-way Freight Mustang driven by Colin Braun for Roush Fenway Racing. Is it enough to make us love NASCAR? Not quite, but if we had to race a bathtub on wheels, we'd pick this one.

UPDATE: Sorry about image, fixed now.

[Source: Ford Racing]



Truck Series 2008 Rookie of the Year Colin Braun Will Drive the No. 16 Con-way Freight Mustang

CONCORD, N.C., October 13, 2009 – A new era of Mustang racing rolled out here today, piloted by an All-American driver and with a returning sponsor familiar to loyal NASCAR fans.

Three major events were rolled into one today as Ford teamed up with Roush Fenway Racing and Con-way Freight to unveil the No. 16 Con-way Freight Mustang with driver Colin Braun at Roush Fenway Racing headquarters in Concord, N.C.

Ford announced in July that Mustang, the iconic pony car that has raced for all 45 years of its existence, would compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series beginning in July 2010 when a limited rollout of NASCAR's new car begins at Daytona International Speedway. Today marked the first time the NASCAR Mustang was seen in public.

Braun, 21, a native of Ovalo, Texas, will make the move from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he was the 2008 Raybestos Rookie of the Year, to a full-time Nationwide program next season, along with Con-way Freight, which has been his sponsor for the last two years. Roush Fenway and Con-way Freight recently agreed on a contract extension to remain as a primary sponsor for 18 Nationwide races within the organization.

"I'm so happy that Con-way Freight decided to move up with me to the Nationwide Series for 2010," Braun said. "They have been a great sponsor for the past two years in the truck series so it means a lot to me that they will continue to support me in the future. I'm also looking forward to driving a Mustang next year. I've always thought they are such incredible cars, but have never owned one. Maybe when I win my first race the guys at Ford will want to give me one of my own."

Mustang has a storied history in motorsports and can claim more than 2,000 professional race wins worldwide. Its iconic standing in the auto industry aside, Mustang brings a breath of fresh air and new sense of excitement to the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

"This truly marks the start of the next era of Mustang racing," said Brian Wolfe, director, Ford North America Motorsports. "We fully expect this Mustang, with drivers like Colin behind the wheel, to start to enjoy the kind of success so many other Mustang racing programs have enjoyed throughout the last four decades.

"Mustang is a proud and historic brand for Ford. This is a car born to race, and NASCAR is the next logical step for its racing pedigree."

Braun and Con-way Freight have had good success together and are experiencing a breakout season in 2009. Braun started the season by capturing his first of his three poles to date in the season-opening race at Daytona, and followed that up with his first NASCAR win, which came at Michigan International Speedway in June. He finished 13th in the point standings last year and currently sits seventh with five races remaining this season.

"We're excited to help unveil the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Mustang, and to announce Con-way Freight's first-ever sponsorship in the Nationwide Series," said John G. Labrie, president, Con-way Freight. "The opportunity to continue working with Ford, Roush Fenway Racing and Colin Braun is a great one for us. Colin's talent on the track and competitive spirit remind us of our more than 20,000 employees and the commitment they bring to their jobs every day. All of us at Con-way Freight look forward to supporting Colin all the way to another Rookie of the Year win in 2010."

Con-way Freight's first venture into racing took place in 2005. In 2006, the company rebranded and changed its name, and a racing sponsorship provided an ideal opportunity to build awareness of the Con-way Freight brand in an entertaining and exciting way for both customers and employees.

"Through the first five years of Con-way Racing, we saw that the program was a huge win for Con-way Freight and our customers, so we made the decision to move forward with a new affiliation with Ford, Roush Fenway Racing and Colin Braun," said Bill Wynne, vice president of marketing, Con-way Freight. "We've seen tremendous rewards from those relationships, and that's why we're here today to announce a new era of Con-way Racing action in the NASCAR Nationwide Series."

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.

"I have been a Mustang owner and enthusiast for many years myself so this is an exciting day to see this car racing in NASCAR," said car owner Jack Roush. "My teams have won several road racing championships over the years in Mustangs, and I look forward to winning more with Colin, Carl (Edwards) and Ricky (Stenhouse, Jr.). With the continued support of Ford and Con-way Freight we plan to give Colin the opportunity for his second Rookie of the Year title in NASCAR, and ultimately a Nationwide Series championship."

Overall, Roush Fenway Racing has the most all-time victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with 107 and two driver championships, courtesy of Greg Biffle (2002) and Carl Edwards (2007).

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      • 5 Years Ago
      So the no picture loading s a comment that all COT's look the same? man everything behind the B pillar makes me laugh, are they not allowed to "paint" that window area?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh look, the first Mustang sedan :)

      • 5 Years Ago
      (for Matt) Typical Ford, looks like the parking brake is already broken!

      • 5 Years Ago
      The one time I'm actually glad something didn't look like it's concept. This looks good, the concept was barf.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fake cars, sissy drivers and fake racing, NASCAR has become the WWE on wheels
        • 5 Years Ago
        george i'm your new biggest fan
        and i'm from newport news va nice to meet you.
        the only thing that was wrong about what you said is that alms is "real" racing because they turn left AND right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah, so how does that explain the 'real' drivers like Franchitti NOT making it?
        Juan Pablo is, so far, the only 'real' driver to actually be able to do anything in the 'fake' racing series? So, let me get this straight: ALMS is 'real' racing because the cars more closely resemble what can be bought on showrooms; IndyCar, complete with Ms. September - who has only won ONE race, is 'real' racing; F1, complete with the team orders that forbid someone from passing a team mate because that person is a point ahead is 'real' racing but anything NASCAR is 'WWE' and, thus, fake? Is that correct? Nevermind that some of the closest racing around is in that same series and never mind that it has a three-time champion who could win his fourth STRAIGHT championship-something that no 'real' racer has done.
        As for the beer...how many of you DON'T drink it? How many of you can go through a football game without consuming at least one beer? How much beer is consumed at those 'real' races?
        As for me: I'm a RACING fan, I love it all. I drive an Infiniti. I don't drink beer. I am a software developer. I guess the only thing I'm guilty of is being born in Richmond, VA. I guess that alone makes me a redneck, huh?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sissy drivers? I understand the complaints about the spec cars, but please, anyone who can drive door to door at 200 MPH for 500 miles is not a sissy. If NASCAR drives are sissies, what does that make drives from other series who have tried, but failed to find success in NASCAR? Montoya is the most successful transplant and he has won exactly one race in three years. I suppose JPM is an even bigger sissy by your standards. By the way, what series do you race in? Thought so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        EJ...I don't care if you don't like or respect NASCAR. The point of my little rant was the idiotic generalization that most of the commenters made about it: beer swilling, redneck fans watching rednecks pretending to race and comparing it to the WWE-something that is truly bizarre. I get that elitists like you detest NASCAR and dismiss it. That's fine. But, let us examine this whole 'cookie cutter' car thing...correct me if I am wrong (and I KNOW you will) but aren't the F1 cars (which, btw, is a good way to go to sleep) cookie cutter cars as well? The IndyCars...much the same. In fact, except for genuine road racers, pretty much all race cars are cookie cutter cars. And as for OVALS-that is what non road courses are called-your 'real racers' have major issue with them, but most of the Cup drivers can wheel around the road courses just fine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      now i love racing, mabey even more then i should, but nascar is a sad excuse for racing,
      THEY DRIVE IN A CIRCLE, PEOPLE! but that aside this car is an insult to a car that already needs some help (go chevy!) i am so glad cheverolet racing as decided not to put the comaro in nascar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That doesn't look anything like a Mustang. NASCAR you've gotten to be a total joke and that's why I'm not even interested in your brands of racing anymore. Get real!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's cute.
      • 5 Years Ago
      given it's nascar it could of looked a whole lot worse then it does now...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorta amusing that instead of following the current retro design Mustang look they slip back into what I think is the much nicer and aerodynamic front hood design. It dips at the front to provide less wind resistance via a less tall air intake. I wish that the current road Mustang would follow this lead again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Your all to funny. Using your cars to compare Penisis. Guess what? I just paid 2500 for a Kawasaki Ninja with 125hp that tops out at 175mph and yes it will eat any of these cars you rednecks can throw at it. Now put your dcks away I won and send me your wife.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2:08PM (10/13/2009)
      Stock car racing is such a joke now. There's nothing "stock" about it.

      And even further of a con job is not one japball call looks like a NASCAR, nor doe they have V8 engines or even the drivetrain of what they use in NASCAR and then claim what they race on Sundays is what you buy from them on Mondays

      Funny how many dork drivers of F1 are trying to steal an American drivers job and get into a seat of a NASCAR

      Give you a clue you pink underpants wearer, NASACAR is about like any other sport, the driver is what is being judged not the car you moron as that would be like crying about a football or baseball bat designs for it's sport when it is the tool the sport is using
      • 5 Years Ago

      First thing they are not stock cars and haven't been for a very,very long time. If they did ever go back to racing real stock cars again then I would be interested. But as long as they keep using these fake stock cars I couldn't care less about NASCAR.

      Second thing is that with the economy the way it is,the world the way it is and this country going down the marxist yellow brick road the way it is. It's over anyway. Pretty soon we won't be wasting time and money on sports as we will be too busy trying to find something to eat and a bridge to live under.
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