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  NASCAR Nationwide Mustang Unveiled by Ford, Roush Fenway Racing and Conway Freight

  Oct 14, 2009
  By:  All Ford Mustangs News Desk

Ford took its first steps to getting the Mustang on Nascar tracks Tuesday, with partners Roush Fenway Racing and sponsor Con-way Freight, pulling back the cover on Colin Braun’s new No. 16 ride — the 2010 Nationwide Mustang.

The Con-way Freight No. 16 Nationwide Series Ford Mustang was unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Ford’s Nascar plan is not new; the company announced in July that it would field Mustangs in the Nationwide series beginning July 2010 at Daytona International Speedway. The car, however, is: Tuesday’s announcement was its first public appearance. But other than its very Nascar-like skin, not much was revealed about the newest racing Mustang.

Not so driver Braun. The 21-year-old Texas boy will make the move from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he was the 2008 Raybestos Rookie of the Year, to a full-time Nationwide program next season, along with Con-way Freight, which has been his sponsor for the last two years. Roush Fenway and Con-way Freight recently agreed on a contract extension to remain as a primary sponsor for 18 Nationwide races within the organization.

In a release, Braun explained how pleased he was to take his sponsor along for the new ride — and dropped a hint to Ford brass.

Colin Braun to drive the Con-way Freight No. 16 Nationwide Series Ford Mustang

"I'm so happy that Con-way Freight decided to move up with me to the Nationwide Series for 2010," Braun said. "They have been a great sponsor for the past two years in the truck series so it means a lot to me that they will continue to support me in the future. I'm also looking forward to driving a Mustang next year. I've always thought they are such incredible cars, but have never owned one. Maybe when I win my first race the guys at Ford will want to give me one of my own."

As familiar as the ponycar is on the streets of the world, it has made its mark on the podium too, over the years, with Ford-backed wins in the NHRA Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions and places like the Grand-Am KONI Challenge, SCCA World Challenge and the Mustang Challenge Series. And of course, thousands of Mustangs see action by grassroots racers at road courses and drag strips all across America.

"This truly marks the start of the next era of Mustang racing," said Brian Wolfe, Ford North America Motorsports director. "We fully expect this Mustang, with drivers like Colin behind the wheel, to start to enjoy the kind of success so many other Mustang racing programs have enjoyed throughout the last four decades. Mustang is a proud and historic brand for Ford. This is a car born to race, and NASCAR is the next logical step for its racing pedigree."

Jack Roush is a racing legend and tuning legend, and his love of the Mustang is no secret.

"I have been a Mustang owner and enthusiast for many years myself so this is an exciting day to see this car racing in NASCAR," said car owner Jack Roush. "My teams have won several road racing championships over the years in Mustangs, and I look forward to winning more with Colin, Carl (Edwards) and Ricky (Stenhouse, Jr.). With the continued support of Ford and Con-way Freight we plan to give Colin the opportunity for his second Rookie of the Year title in Nascar, and ultimately a Nationwide Series championship."

Hear Colin Braun talking about his move to the Nationwide Series at www.con-wayracing.com/team/podcasts.

— Ken Simmons

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