One of the biggest efforts in the 2016 international sportscar racing will come from Ford. The American brand will enter both FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Two brand new and gorgeous Ford GTs will be entered in both series.
In the north American based IMSA series, Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in the highly competitive and heavily factory supported GT Le Mans class. Ford is maybe a new comer in the production based category, but they have everything to be successful and strong right from the start.
Chip Ganassi Racing has a massive experience in North American sportscar racing. They won multiple championship titles with Daytona Prototypes and clinched several outright victories at the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona.
A strong team needs strong drivers, and Ford was able to sign four very fast ones for their 2016 GTLM assault. The first Ford GT will be driven by Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller, both former BMW works drivers and won together the 2011 ALMS GT drivers' title. The sister Ford GT will be shared by Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, both are very fast and performed well with Corvette Racing in the last couple of years.
Last but not least, the EcoBoost engine. It's nearly the same one used by Chip Ganassi Racing this year with their Daytona Prototype. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine gave Ford the overall victory in the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona. It proved to be powerful and resistant and there are no reasons to not see it competitive with the Ford GT.
Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing will be heading to Daytona twice next month. First the traditional Roar Before the Rolex 24 and then the prestigious 24-hour classic. That will be the first real test for the new Ford GT against world class rivals from BMW, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche.