Ford Performance debuted the new 2019 Ford Mustang that will race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the Ford World Headquarters on Thursday afternoon to assmbled media, Ford employees and a large number of racing fans. The car has been kept under a tight wrap, but recently made its unofficial track debut at nearby Flat Rock Speedway. ARCA sanctions weekly racing at Flat Rock and its sister track Toledo Speedway.
Former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Chase Briscoe spent about two hours pacing around the quarter-mile oval as Ford's marketing and public relations representatives collected video footage for use during today's announcement. Briscoe shared a photo from the day's activities with his followers on Twitter showing the NASCAR version of the new Mustang alongside the production version of the car.
"We needed a place that was secret and off the radar for the day," said Kevin Kennedy, senior vice president of Campbell Company, the firm that handles public relations for Ford Performance. "We looked into taking the car to the proving grounds, but it would have been really difficult to to stop testing for a few hours for a video shoot. We started thinking of alternate venues, so we decided to reach out to our friends at ARCA about going to Flat Rock.
"Once we got there, it was great," Kennedy continued. "Scott (Shultz, Flat Rock Speedway general manager) opened the gates for us and as soon as we were all in the gates were locked back up and no one else was allowed in. Flat Rock is kind of down in a little bowl, so you couldn't really see what we were doing from the street anyhow. We pulled in with a plain white hauler so we wouldn't raise any suspicion."
Flat Rock Speedway is located about an hour east of Michigan International Speedway, where the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series are in action this weekend. The track will be in action this Saturday night, August 11, following the finish of the Truck race at MIS, with UAW Local 3000 Kids Night. All children 12 and under will get in free with a paid adult and receive a free hot dog courtesy of the track. The night will feature the fourth round of the five-race Monroe News Enduro Series, which will compete in a 250-lap event. The ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8s and DTS Drive Train Specialist Street Stocks will also be part of the program, which will be capped with a special Boat Figure 8 event.