Keselowski: “If (Penske) says it, I would say go with him. He’s always pretty trustworthy.”
I almost mistakenly wrote “Ford Mustang” in that title. While it’s widely speculated that the Ford Mustang will join the MENCS in 2019, that part has not been confirmed.
What has been confirmed is that Ford will have a new body in 2019. It’s the first conformation of a new Ford NASCAR race car. Roger Penske is the owner of a multi-car team at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level. His organization has been embedded with the Ford program.
Since 1994, Roger Penske has fielded Ford. There was a brief moment where he made the switch to Dodge from 2003-2012. However, this is the 14th year that Roger Penske has run models from the Ford Motor Company.
Last year, Toyota dominated MENCS competition (everywhere but the plate tracks). In 2018, the Chevrolet Camaro made it’s debut.
“We can’t really use that as an excuse,” Roger Penske said. “There’s no reason to. I think we thought the same thing coming out of St. Petersburg last year in IndyCar that we might not have the power Honda had and we won 10 races.”
“I keep reminding the team that. We’ve got to race all year. We’ll have a new body next year.”
And there you have it. Confirmed, “We’ll have a new body next year.”
Brad Keselowski offered a comment on the subject.
“They don’t tell me those kind of things because they know I’ve got a little bit of a big mouth and they don’t trust me, which is probably smart,” Keselowski said. “If (Penske) says it, I would say go with him. He’s always pretty trustworthy.”
It’s not any kind of a leap to assume the Ford Mustang will be the new body put into use. Mostly because Ford executives have hinted at that.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do yet, but I think it’s the right play,” Edsel Ford II told motorsport.com regarding a possible transition to the Mustang.