Ford Performance announced a new Mustang Dark Horse-based car which will run in the NASCAR Cup Series beginning in the 2024 season.
Ford unveiled the all-new Mustang Dark Horse just over a year ago and now the Mustang variant will be hitting the track in the NASCAR Cup Series starting with the 2024 season opener in February.
Based on the seventh-generation Mustang, the new NASCAR Cup Series Mustang Dark Horse will debut in February.
Based on the seventh-generation Mustang, the NASCAR Mustang Dark Horse continues to build on the company’s plan to have a family of Mustang cars that compete around the world in all forms of motorsports. Mustang Dark Horse has already inspired the Mustangs which race in the Repco Supercars Championship in Australia and the Formula Drift series.
Dark Horse is just the latest of global racing Mustangs
“What a crazy year it has been revealing our new global Mustangs for racing. The positive response from our fans around the world has been amazing, and we’re confident that this Mustang Dark Horse Cup car will be no different and that NASCAR fans will be excited to cheer us on next year,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “Our Ford Performance staff, together with our NASCAR race teams, have worked tirelessly in the wind tunnel developing this car, and I can’t wait to finally see it race on the track next season.”
Mustang Dark Horse is already the most track-capable 5.0-liter V8 street-legal Mustang ever for our customers, and it carries that pedigree over to racing.
Mustang Dark Horse, the most track-capable 5.0-liter V8 street-legal Mustang ever, is the first new performance nameplate for Mustang since 2001. Other racing variants will soon be eligible to compete in GT3 and GT4 classes globally. Meanwhile, Mustang Dark Horse R will compete in the Mustang Challenge Series and many grassroots racing events.
Where Mustang goes, success follows
Ford has been racing Mustang in NASCAR’s top series since 2019, winning a manufacturer’s championship in 2020 and a driver’s championship with Joey Logano in 2022. The pony car has also been the inspiration for Ford’s entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011, where it immediately brought consecutive championships and has produced either a driver’s or owner’s championship in nine of 12 seasons.
Fans won’t have to wait very long to see the new NASCAR Dark Horse Mustang in action, as it debuts in February.
The NASCAR Cup Series Mustang Dark Horse will debut on Feb. 4, 2024, as part of the Clash at the Coliseum exhibition race inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Ford Performance and the Ford Mustang are going for back-to-back driver’s championships in the NASCAR Cup Series, as Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney takes the start in Sunday’s season finale (3 p.m. EST, NBC) at Phoenix Raceway. Blaney will be part of a Championship 4 group that includes Kyle Larson, William Byron (both Chevrolet) and Christopher Bell (Toyota). The driver who finishes the highest from that group in Phoenix will become this year’s series champion.