The 21st edition of the Adelaide 500 will again open Virgin Australia Supercars Championship from February 28 to March 3, 2019.
The 2019 Adelaide 500 will also mark the debut of the Ford Mustang Supercar, which will serve as the Blue Oval’s vehicle in Australian touring car racing as the replacement for the Falcon.
Ford will provide manufacturer backing for DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing to run the new model against the Holden ZB Commodore that debuted in Adelaide in 2018 and the Nissan Altima.
“Rivalry on the racetrack is all part of the beauty of motorsport and we expect the active return of Ford will bring out some passionate drivers and spectators to our city circuit,” said Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon David Ridgeway ML.
“The biggest motorsport and entertainment events belong right here in SA – retaining the coveted season-opener is great for the State.
“We are delighted to announce race dates for 2019 and look forward to welcoming fans from all over to witness racing history.”
Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said the Adelaide 500 remained one of Australia’s best major events and remains one of the category’s favourite rounds.
“As one of the country’s largest and most successful major events, the Adelaide 500 is one of the standouts of our racing season each year,” said Seamer.
“The incredible range of entertainment on and off track as part of a month of festivities in Adelaide sets it apart as a great celebration for the City.
“The return of the iconic Mustang will only add to this incredible event.”
The 2018 event attendance was the largest since 2015, with an almost 10 per cent increase on 2017, with more than 273,000 celebrating 20 years of the event.