"I think it would be foolish of me to stand here and say I'm 100 percent certain it is going to go well because you never know where things are going to be and apparently don't know what the rules are going to be", Harvick said following the unveil of the new auto Thursday at Ford's headquarters.
The 10 millionth Mustang that has the honor of rolling off the line is a Wimbledon White GT convertible, complete with a six-speed manual gearbox and a 460-horsepower V8, a tribute to the very first production Mustang, which featured the same color and a three-speed manual transmission. The Mustang has also competed in SCCA, Trans-Am, IMSA, NHRA, Formula Drift and NASCAR Xfinity (since 2011).
"After more than a half-century, it feels great to finally let Mustang run in the top echelon of America's most popular stock auto racing series", Thai-Tang concluded. That will change next year when it debuts in the Daytona 500 on February 17. Ford decided to make an entry with the Mustang in the wake of the success the auto enjoys for several years.
The feat suggests workers at the Ford factory are a productive bunch, building an average of 500 Mustangs each day.
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". He has fielded Fords for his entire career, which includes 3,565 races, 137 wins and two championships at the Cup level. All of the Monster Energy Series Ford drivers - who followed Stewart to the unveiling in production Mustangs - watched with lust in their eyes, pounding in their chests and a little drool on their chins.
Ford race vehicle drivers have been asking for a newer, faster design to compete with the Chevys and Toyotas.
Interestingly, Ford decided to make the racer look like a Mustang Shelby GT 350. It was also built in San Jose, California; Metuchen, New Jersey; and at the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn, Michigan. And just like the first serialized Mustang (VIN 001), the milestone vehicle that came out of the Flat Rock assembly plant in MI is the same colour (Wimbledon White) and model (GT).