Marino Franchitti, Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx will drive the brand new Ford GT car.
The team will run two cars in the 2016 WEC season, with two cars, driven by Richard Westbrook, Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and Ryan Briscoe, competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Mucke will join former Formula One driver Sebastien Bourdais at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, as six drivers race two cars between them.
The aim is to bring the two teams together and run four cars for the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. It has been fifty years since Ford scored a 1-2-3 at Le Mans.
“It doesn’t get any more competitive than the Le Mans 24 Hours but that is what makes winning it so special,” said George Howard-Chappell, team principal of the WEC squad. “Everything has to be perfect and even then you still need luck on your side to cross the line first. The Ford GT has been built to return to Le Mans and these four drivers all know what it takes to compete against the toughest competition in the world.”
“I’m excited to be at team HQ in the UK to launch the WEC team,” said Chip Ganassi, owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “Just like when we announced the Ford GT drivers for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship last month, we’ve again chosen drivers with heart, speed and proven endurance racing credentials. It’s a global team running in two championships and I can’t wait for the racing to begin.”
The new WEC season starts at Silverstone, with the first race on April 17. The first IMSA race of the season, the Rolex 24, starts on January 30.