Ford Performance signed the perfect return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with his brilliant victory in the GTE-Pro in 2016. A triumph that came 50 years after the historic 1-2-3 who signed Ford in 1966 and became the perfect starting point to a project that will be continued this season. Nevertheless, and in spite of the doubts for the distribution of invitations to FIA and ACO, Ford Chip Ganassi will feature two Ford GT full-time in the WEC and with four cars in Le Mans, calcando program as well last season.
The Ford GT #68 is in the end the unit that defends their triumph at Le Mans and what they will do after achieving the victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona within the class GTLM. Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sebastien Bourdais are therefore the rivals to beat, although the talent is a common element in the rest of alignments of pilots. In this aspect, in the Ford GT #67 compete with Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani, the latter being the only new face in the ‘line up’ of the american brand by replacing Marino Franchitti. The brazilian rang with the force for one of the LMP1 Toyota.
The Ford GT #66 will compete together for the #67 full-time in the WEC. Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson are the three riders who will be present at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the appointments, although the american will not compete for the remainder of the season. Finally, and from the IMSA, the Ford GT #69 is reserved for Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon, an alignment of many carats that finished third in GTE-Pro in the last edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and who definitely are candidates to victory in 2017.