Ford holds firm with GTLM line-up

Ford holds firm with GTLM line-up


Ford holds firm with GTLM line-up


Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will continue with the same squad of drivers for its two-car IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship effort. The factory Ford GT program will seek its first Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles in 2018 with Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais representing the Blue Oval in the No. 66 entry, and Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon in the No. 67.

“Sports car racing as paired driver combinations is the ultimate team sport, defined simply: Turn the race car over to your teammate like you would like to receive it, and when it’s your turn to close, make it happen,” FCGR managing director Mike Hull told RACER. “Hand, Mueller, Bourdais, Westbrook, Briscoe and Dixon unselfishly give to make each other better. Any of six are world class, together, a significant force.”

During its first two years in GTLM, the FCGR outfit has claimed five wins, including the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and the Indianapolis-based team also captured a class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 with Muller, Hand and Bourdais.

The program’s debut in 2016 was by far its strongest in IMSA as the waist-high mid-engine coupe placed second in the standings on the strength of three victories. With tighter restrictions applied to the twin-turbo V6-powered GT on its return to GTLM in 2017, two wins left the team third in both championship standings.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK announced in December it would also retain its full season driver line-upseason driver line-up for the 2018/19 FIA WEC Super Season.