The Ford Fusion has been proudly representing the American manufacturer in NASCAR's top-level Cup series for the past little while, but from the 2019 season the Mustang will step into the ring.

The Blue Oval brand revealed its new NASCAR contender while celebrating the production of the 10-millionth Mustang. The 13 Ford racers who are currently competing in the Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series attended the official unveiling alongside the owners and executives.

The Mustang, of course, is no stranger to motorsport, having competed in events such as the 6 500 km Tour de France rally, SCCA, Trans-Am, IMSA, NHRA, Formula Drift and Nascar Infinity since the car’s debut way back in 1964. It has also been competing full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2011 and has won a championship in all but one season.

"Mustang has raced since it was first sold in 1964,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice-president for product development and Purchasing. "After more than a half-century, it feels great to finally let Mustang run in the top echelon of America’s most popular stock car racing series.”

To ensure the new contender retains its signature styling while meeting the rules and regulations, the Ford Design and Ford Performance teams worked together on this project.

Expect to see the Mustang hit the oval at the Daytona 500 on 17 February 2019.