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Ford Planning Three-Car Effort for 12H Sebring

Ford planning three-car effort for Twelve Hours of Sebring…

Photo: Ford

Photo: Ford

Following its four-car effort at last month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Ford is poised to continue with an increased presence in the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with three Ford GTs in the works for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Multiple sources have indicated to Sportscar365 that Ford Chip Ganassi Racing is preparing to enter a third GT Le Mans class entry, alongside its two full-season cars for Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller, Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe.

The driver lineup for the yet-to-be-announced third car has not been revealed.

When asked by Sportscar365, team manager Mike O’Gara wouldn’t confirm the three-car entry but said to expect a Sebring program announcement next week.

With the UK-based, Multimatic-run arm of the team prepping for the start of the FIA World Endurance Championship season, it’s understood the additional entry would be run in-house by the Indianapolis-based squad.

Only one of the two cars that WEC team ran at Daytona has been shipped back to its UK base.

Hand, Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais claimed top honors in GTLM at Daytona, in a race that saw three Fords finish in the top-seven in class.

Four Fords, meanwhile, have been confirmed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a largely unchanged driver lineup from last year, except for the addition of Pipo Derani to the No. 67 car alongside Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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