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NASCAR Next Gen Ford Mustang


Next Gen Stock Car-Turned-Mural Will Welcome Guests in the Museum’s Entry Hall

WHAT: Following the inaugural 2023 NASCAR Chicago Street Race Weekend, the Museum of Science and Industry unveiled a new exhibit this week in partnership with NASCAR featuring a one-of-a-kind Next Gen stock car transformed into a captivating mural by local artists. Designed and applied by artists from Paint the City, the car’s artwork features iconic elements from Chicago’s visual landscape and celebrates the long legacy of auto racing in the city. The exhibit is now viewable in the Museum’s Entry Hall and free for the public.

The mural, painted prominently on the sides, hood, and back of the car, consists of intricate details and dynamic colors that blend to capture the essence of Chicago’s vibrant culture and diverse community. It was hand-painted throughout the weekend of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race and was completed during the renowned Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago’s South Side on Aug. 12.

In addition to the car’s artwork, the exhibit explores the unique build of the Next Gen race car, which was developed by NASCAR in collaboration with the brightest engineering minds in racing. The design of the car has given drivers greater control while putting an emphasis on race strategies, team personnel and setups.

DETAILS: Earlier this week, the Museum of Science and Industry’s team maneuvered the engine-less stock car into the Museum by carefully steering it down several levels of MSI’s garage. The team manually pushed it into its new home in the Museum’s Entry Hall, where it is now viewable to MSI visitors and the public.


A Nascar Next Gen Ford Mustang painted in a colorful mural

A timelapse of the car’s arrival and high-resolution photos are available for download.

[Credit: Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]

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The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that support the Museum’s mission: to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. As one of the largest science museums in the world featuring award-winning exhibits and hands-on activities, a visit to MSI is guaranteed to connect fun and learning. MSI is committed to offering comprehensive educational programs—for students, administrators, teachers and families—that make a difference in local communities and contribute to MSI’s goal to transform and illuminate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) pathways for people of all ages. The Museum is grateful for the support of its generous donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414.


Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions races in three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series™), four international series (NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series (Canada), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and a local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and more than 30 U.S. states. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).