The 2024 Ford Mustang debuted last fall, and since then, we’ve learned all about the next-generation S650 pony car and its brand new exterior styling, new tech features, and revised powertrain lineup, as well as the new range-topping variant, the Dark Horse, though we’re also awaiting the return of the GT500 in 2025 for the 2026 model year. Order banks for the new Mustang opened just a couple of weeks ago, though deliveries have yet to begin. However, we’ll get yet another look at the all-new pony car this weekend, as it’s set to pace NASCAR’s events at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia.
Finished in the classic color dubbed Grabber Blue, the 2024 Ford Mustang GT pace car is essentially stock, save for the typical pace car upgrades that include a light bar and custom Mustang and Ford Performance graphics adorning the exterior. As is the case with other GT models, this one is powered by the naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine, which generates either 480 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, or 486 horsepower and 418 pound-feet with the optional active exhaust.
This will mark the NASCAR debut for the 2024 Ford Mustang GT pace car, which will lead a total of seven races throughout the 2023 season – a list that includes Talladega, Dover, Darlington, Nashville, Chicago, and Labor Day Weekend at Darlington. Ford has experienced quite a bit of success in Martinsville over the years, racking up 30 wins at the half-mile track, which has hosted NASCAR races since 1949.
“We’ve had great success racing Mustang globally, including winning last year’s NASCAR championship,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “Racing leads to better-informed development of products, and seeing the all-new Mustang GT setting the pace at NASCAR make this connection even stronger with our customers and fans.”
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Like the graphics!