Ford to stick with Fusion for 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Ford launched the Mustang stock car body last year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series which, for those who don’t follow the sport, is somewhat like a minor league compared to the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Ford put together a great looking Mustang stock car for the Nationwide Series and the pony car on the oval track had the exact result that they had hoped for as Mustang enthusiasts who were not previously into stock car racing began following the series just to see their beloved Mustang take on the field. At the same time, the Dodge Challenger replaced the Dodge Charger in the Nationwide Series and while GM stated that they wouldn’t be offering up a Camaro body for NASCAR – the American horsepower war was nicely bolstered by the on-track pony car shootout.
Based on the quick popularity of the Ford Mustang in NASCAR at the Nationwide level, few racing fans were surprised to hear earlier this year that Ford had submitted a Mustang body for the approval of the NASCAR “big leagues”. The odds are better than not that the Ford Mustang would have been given the nod to compete but Ford has announced that they will stick with the current Ford Fusion body for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup season which begins next February with the 54th running of the Daytona 500. Ford will continue to run the Mustang in the Nationwide Series.