Historic IMSA liveries won’t just be limited to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as Ford has revealed special tribute designs for the pair of Multimatic Motorsports Mustang GT4s that will compete in next weekend’s Michelin Pilot Challenge season-opener at Daytona.
The two GS class entries, carrying Motorcraft colors, pay homage to the Roush Racing Mustangs that competed in the IMSA GTO division in the mid-1980s.
Scott Maxwell will be joined by Ford NASCAR drivers Cole Custer and Ty Majeski in the No. 15 Mustang GT4, with the newly Gold-rated Billy Johnson making his series return in the No. 22 entry alongside Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe.
The No. 22 Mustang GT4 shares a similar design that the No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT will sport in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Daytona will mark the first of a reduced four-race program that will feature the Ford NASCAR development drivers, following a full-season entry last year with a rotation of up-and-coming talent.
The Multimatic entries are slated to take part in the Pilot Challenge rounds at Sebring, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Michelin Road Atlanta.
“We saw great success with the NASCAR development driver program last year, so we’re glad to be doing it again for 2019,” said Ford Performance global motorsports director Mark Rushbrook.
“Running in the IMSA races has proven to be beneficial to them as race car drivers, and the strong, personal bond that is formed between them has been what we hoped it would be.
“We expect to have a mixture of the Xfinity drivers and some new faces during 2019 in the Mustang GT4, but overall we couldn’t be more pleased with the program.”