Ford Performance has shared further details for its upcoming inaugural season of Mustang Challenge, set to begin in June 2024. The series will be the home of the Mustang Dark Horse R, the latest turnkey race car from Ford Performance that begins a potential ladder of opportunity up to Mustang GT4 and on to the ultimate expression of the Mustang racing lineup, the Mustang GT3.
The Mustang Challenge features a five-round, 10-race calendar beginning in June at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course. In addition, the second round at Watkins Glen International will now be in alignment with IMSA’s schedule change. Additionally, the Mustang Challenge finale will now be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) as a precursor to the SRO Indianapolis 8-Hour presented by AWS endurance race as part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge championship.
Each IMSA-sanctioned event will feature two 30-minute practice sessions, one 15-minute qualifying session and two 45-minute sprint races. The field of up to 40 full season entries, with additional entries possible at rounds two through five, will be split into two classes: Dark Horse and Dark Horse Legends, the latter being an optional classification eligible to bronze-level drivers 45 years old and over.
Each race will feature a podium celebration for both classes, as well as prize money awarded to overall first through third-place finishers.