Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will be heading to the Circuit de La Sarthe this upcoming weekend for the traditional Le Mans 24 Hours test day. The American squad will be entering no less than four brand new Ford GT cars in the ultra competitive GTE-Pro class.
It's not a secret that Ford's return to international sportscar racing is having one big target, Le Mans. The blue oval brand wants to win the French endurance classic again fifteen years after their first victory with the legendary Ford GT40.
Since the start of the new program, Ford has been able to win in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca and collected a great second in FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps. The car is improving and the target in the Le Mans test day is to prepare for the 24-hour event against much experienced brands and teams.
The Le Mans race will reunite the two Ford teams competing in FIA WEC and IMSA for the first time. Two cars will be entered under Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK banner and two under Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA.
The #66 Ford GT will be driven by Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson and Olivier Pla. The #67 Ford GT will feature an all-British line-up with Marino Franchitti, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.
Joey Hand and Dirk Müller will be at the wheel of the #68 Ford GT. Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe will be sharing the #69 Ford GT.
Both home hero Sébastien Bourdais and 2015 IndyCar champion Scott Dixon will not take part in the Le Mans test day. Both drivers will compete in the Grand Prix of Detroit.
The Le Mans 24 Hours test day is set for Sunday with two four-hour sessions.
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