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All Four Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs are Le Mans Bound
Ford GT Fields Four
It’s been a half-century since the Ford GT40 swept Le Mans with a 1-2-3 winning finish, and thanks to the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) organizers of the Le Mans 24 Hours confirming all four Ford GTs have received a place on the prestigious entry list for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, all four cars will field against the GT establishment, as they fight for victory in the ultimate endurance battlefield Le Mans
Fifty years on from Ford’s famous 1-2-3 outright victory at Le Mans, all four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs will compete for GTE Pro class glory at the world’s greatest motor race, which takes place on June 18-19, 2016.
“It was great to see all four Ford GTs up there on the Le Mans entry list today,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, who attended this afternoon’s press conference in Paris. “Newcomers are by no means guaranteed an entry, whatever their history or ambitions, so we thank the ACO for giving Ford the opportunity for a four car assault in June.”
The Ford GT racing car is based on the all-new Ford GT supercar, which is the pinnacle product of the Ford Performance division. With state-of-the-art aerodynamics, lightweight carbon fiber construction and a powerful and efficient Ford EcoBoost engine, the Ford GT has been built to go head-to-head with the GT establishment – Ferrari, Corvette, Porsche and Aston Martin
“I’m very happy that we can run all four Ford GTs at Le Mans,” stated Chip Ganassi, owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “It will be a big challenge for us but one we are thrilled to undertake. We have prepared well and can't wait to get the Ford GTs onto the track in France, and show everyone what they can do.”
The #66 and #67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing cars that run in the FIA World Endurance Championship will keep their race numbers for Le Mans. The two Ford GTs that run in the IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship will receive new race numbers just for Le Mans: #66 becomes #68 and #67 becomes #69.
The configuration of the driver line-ups in the WEC cars will be announced at a later date, along with the identities of the third drivers for all four Ford GTs at Le Mans.