Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
December 21, 2016

Mustangs were born for Trans-Am competition. With a lightweight uni-body structure, a powerful, high-RPM Ford small-block engine, a Top Loader 4-speed, and a 9-inch rear, why wouldn’t it be successful? Shelby Mustangs in particular, have dominated the series from the beginning. Since the mid-60s, Mustangs have won races, clinched championships, and cleaned house on a regular basis. Ken Miles, Jerry Titus, and Chuck Cantwell started the Shelby Mustang heritage off on the right foot in 1965.

These days, the recipe is the same; only the names have changed. For 2016, Ernie Ty Francis, Jr. is carrying on the tradition of winning. Even with the Trans-Am TA4 championship wrapped up, he led from wire-to-wire to put a stamp on his third Trans-Am title. Francis won 9 races in 2016 to earn the 2016 crown, including the Homestead-Miami event to close out the season.

Ernie Ty Francis, Jr.’s Team Shelby Mustang took him to victory lane at the most recent Homestead-Miami Speedway race to close out the 2016 Trans-Am season. Francis’ Mustang carried a special paint scheme to commemorate Shelby American’s first Trans-Am victory 50 years ago.