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MAR 21, 2024 | Ford Performance Press Release

Meet The Teams and Drivers of the 2024 Mustang Challenge Season

Dark Horse R Mustang driving to the left at speed on track

· Drivers from sixteen unique teams make up the 34 entries of the inaugural Mustang Challenge series.

· The first Mustang Challenge race will take place during IMSA’s Mid-Ohio race weekend on June 6-9.

· Drivers are split into two classes; Dark Horse and Dark Horse Legends


DEARBORN, Mich., Mar. 21, 2024, Today, Ford Performance is proud to announce our provisional driver and team lineups that are set to compete in the 2024 season of Mustang Challenge.

Participating teams for the season include some that may be familiar to Ford fans, and some that we are proud to welcome into the Ford racing family.

In no particular order, those teams are McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR), Leaders Credit Union Competition Motorsports Racing, MDK Motorsports, Max Opalski Racing, Capaldi Racing, Southern Paley Motorsports, Robert Noaker Racing, Torre Racing, KOHR Motorsports, Ameriasian Fragrance Research & Competition Motorsports, JV Racing Team, and Automatic Racing, with more to be announced soon.

In the driver seats heading into the season, well see a few Ford racing drivers that are familiar to the blue oval race vehicles and a few who will be competing with Ford for the first time. Those drivers are Zach Lee, Jack Lewis, Kel Kearns, Chad McCumbee, Jeremy Fletcher, Tom Tait Jr., Gabe Tesch, Nick Smither, Robert Noaker, Mitch Marvosh, Paolo Salvatore, Rodney Randall, DJ Randall, Gregory Bennett, Max Opalski, Wesley Slimp, Brandon Gdovic, David Russell, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The previously mentioned drivers will be split into two classes; Dark Horse and Dark Horse Legends. Dark Horse Legends is an optional entry for drivers 45 years and above, with Dark Horse being for all drivers.

The first race of the season is set to wave the green flag at Mid-Ohio Sportscar course, June 5-7, followed by the full 10-race Mustang Challenge season going through early October of 2024. Find the full schedule here:

For future news, standings, race updates, and schedule head over to the Mustang Challenge homepage on here:

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Jay Ward


Director, Global Ford Performance Motorsport Communications
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