Kanaan Confirmed in Four-Car Ford GT Lineup for Rolex 24

Photo: F. Peirce Williams/IMSA

Photo: F. Peirce Williams/IMSA

Tony Kanaan will make his debut at the wheel of a Ford GT in next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, with the former Indianapolis 500 and Rolex 24 overall winner confirmed as part of Chip Ganassi Racing’s four-car Ford GT lineup for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.

The 41-year-old Brazilian will join the team’s FIA World Endurance Championship regulars Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 69 Ford in the Florida endurance classic, making up one of Ford’s three-driver lineups in the GT Le Mans class.

Fellow IndyCar ace Scott Dixon will return to the No. 67 Ford alongside full-season WeatherTech Championship drivers Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Pro class-winning trio of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais being reunited in the No. 66 car.

2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class champion Billy Johnson, meanwhile, will make his first start in a Ford GT since Le Mans, teaming back up with WEC drivers Stefan Muecke and Olivier Pla in the No. 68 car.

For the first time in recent memory, neither of Ganassi’s NASCAR stars Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson will be taking part in the Rolex 24, with Ford and Ganassi utilizing its full-season drivers or IndyCar talent instead for the expanded four-car factory effort for Daytona.

Ford’s Rolex 24 Driver Lineups:

No. 66 Ford:
Joey Hand
Dirk Mueller
Sebastien Bourdais

No. 67 Ford:
Richard Westbrook
Ryan Briscoe
Scott Dixon

No. 68 Ford:
Olivier Pla
Stefan Muecke
Billy Johnson

No. 69 Ford:
Andy Priaulx
Harry Tincknell
Tony Kanaan

14 Comments

  1. P

    December 23, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Hope there are retro liveries this time. Daytona and Le Mans.

    66: J.W. Automotive Engineering Ltd. (Gulf Racing- 1968)
    67: Holman Moody (1966)
    68: Deutshe Auto Zeitung (1969)
    69: Shelby-American Inc. (1966)

    • David Chaste

      December 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Why advertise defunct or entities that do nothing for them. The ecoboost livery is worth billions in bottom line to them.

      • Andrew

        December 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm

        Billions is a MASSIVE overstatement, I’d grant you maybe millions but I’ve NEVER seen a GT ad outside of sportscar or racing magazinesn so where is the cash it’s worth coming from? And 4 identical cars? That’s worth less than just 1. And not having a Shelby American livery is beyond stupid, they can’t sell the Shelby models they make now but the GT has sold out.

        As for the EcoBoost, maybe for the cars but we have dumped every Escape EcoBoost in our fleet, 175 last year after 4 fires directly linked to turbo heat. And of the 5 EcoBoost truck buyers I know, all 5 have gone back to the 5L V8. 3 early intercooler faults and 2 hated the driveability or lack there of in city traffic at 15 mph. So they aren’t winning as many fans as they thought and only forced purchase due to limits on 5L in upscale trucks makes the EcoBoost sell in the F150s

        • David Chaste

          December 24, 2016 at 7:37 am

          It’s still their bread and butter. A few bad cars out of 100’s of tbousands is o.k.

    • Felix

      December 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      I would truly love some commemorative liveries to be run. And why can’t it be both a tribute AND incorporate the Ecoboost branding. I could go for that if it’s done tastefully.

  2. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    December 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Good decision, bring in the real drivers instead of the taxi cab jockeys. Great to see TK get a chance in the GT.

  3. David Chaste

    December 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    A hidden intra team battle is brewing. The Wec guys did not like the IMSA guys eating “their” lunch at LeMans.

  4. jason

    December 23, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Ford will be very formidable at Daytona. They mean business when they bring 4 as we have seen. No doubt the favorite to win

  5. juneracer

    December 23, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    they will certainly have more bullets then any other make for sure. I’ll be curious to see how the lap times of the non-regulars are in reference to the season long guys. GT cars aren’t normally fast in the hands of high downforce guys. there’s been exceptions of course. 4 cars will leave any strategy call a lot of options. assuming they are all in the hunt. and some strategy if all are not in the hunt as well. we’ll see what IMSA does before and after the ROAR for BoP. thats nearly everything these days, unfortunately.

    • David Chaste

      December 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Dixon, Bourdais and Kanaan will have no problem with the Fords. Their only pressure is to not mess it up for the regular guys in the 66 and 67 cars. Since the result counts for their season. But Kanaan’s car can really go all out.

    • fourloko

      December 26, 2016 at 10:27 am

      at least we know from last year what times they can run in regards to sandbagging. might as well slap 25kg on to the gt right away

  6. GearHeadFred

    December 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Congrats Tony – your new office should have a great view of the rear end of the C7Rs!

  7. NingDynasty

    December 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I think it speaks to the way this GT car makes it speed that they want the downforce drivers instead of the NASCAR guys.

  8. Pete

    December 31, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Sure wish they could make them sound like something more than pig flatulence…just sayin….

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