Tony Kanaan has been chosen by Ford to replace Sebastien Bourdais in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The driver of Chip Ganassi in IndyCar will take the Ford GT #68, car which took victory in the class LMGTE-Pro in 2016. The brazilian will join Dirk Müller and Joey Hand in what will be his debut at La Sarthe. For his part, Sébastien Bourdais continues with the recovery of the injuries suffered in the strong accident at the Indy 500. The French suffered various fractures of the pelvis and hip in the mishap that will prevent it from being in the quote queen of the WEC.
The good relationship between Tony Kanaan and Chip Ganassi has been a key to choose the brazilian, although the winner of the 500 Miles of Indianapolis, 2013 has experience in endurance races. In fact, Kanaan got the triumph at the 24 Hours of Daytona 2015, trial, in which he also competed this year at the wheel of a Ford GT Ganassi. Has also competed in the 12 Hours of Sebring, which together with condition of driver Platinum allows you to miss the official test of the Le Mans 24 Hours, appointment that clashes with your program in IndyCar.
After confirming the news, Tony Kanaan expressed his enthusiasm to make his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans: “It’s an honor to be named as part of the alignment of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the GTE-Pro for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This race has been on my list of things to do for a long time. It is obvious that has been an unfortunate situation that has brought us to this point, but I’m going to do everything possible to meet Sebastien Bourdais and try to help win back to the team on this incredible career“.