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Ganassi Sets Riley-Ford DP Driver Lineup for Daytona

Alex Wurz, Brendon Hartley join Chip Ganassi Racing for Rolex 24…

Photo: Ford Performance

Photo: Ford Performance

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed it will run two Daytona Prototypes in this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, featuring two strong lineups in a pair of Riley-Fords to go along with their two Ford GTs.

As expected, the 2015 winners, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray will be back to defend their overall win in the No. 02 Riley-Ford DP.

Meanwhile the surprises come in the sister No. 01 car. Canadian teenager Lance Stroll has been confirmed alongside three international stars, in Alex Wurz, Andy Priaulx and Brendon Hartley.

“We’re proud to have the defending Prototype Champions from last year, along with the excitement worldwide with the reintroduction of the Ford GT,” said team principal Chip Ganassi.

“I think we’ve built a very strong effort for the 2016 race in the Prototype class, which gives us two more solid chances to get to victory lane.”

Stroll has been linked to the DP seat for a few weeks, while Priaulx, who has formally announced his departure from BMW after more than 13 years, is expected to be confirmed as a part of Ford’s lineup within the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Wurz and Hartley, meanwhile, enter the Ganassi fold from other manufacturer teams in the WEC.

Wurz recently announced his retirement from driving and was named an ambassador and advisor for Toyota Gazoo Racing, while Hartley is fresh off winning this year’s World Championship for drivers in the WEC with Porsche.

Hartley’s past Daytona starts have come with Starworks Motorsport, while Wurz, a two-time overall winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will make his Rolex 24 debut.

Sponsorship details and liveries for the two Prototype entries will be announced at a later date, as will the endurance drivers for the Ford GT cars within the GT Le Mans class.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to NBCSports.com and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. jeff

    December 29, 2015 at 10:15 am

    guess we’ll see them at the roar eh, cool, I’m working the roar again this yr

  2. Rohan Deelen

    December 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

    So the rumours were true about Alex Wurz going to Ford. Holy hell they also got Brendon Hartley!!! Pretty amazing line up.

  3. Jack

    December 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

    It’s looking safe to say this will be the best year for driver talent this race has ever seen.

  4. vanillachinchilla

    December 29, 2015 at 10:43 am

    retirement is becoming a pretty loosely used word

  5. 7D3

    December 29, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Now, I’m looking forward to Daytona.

    Because Chip Ganassi is bringing the Fleet of Fords

    Ford Riley Numbers: 65, 68
    Ford GT Numbers: 66, 67

    Hope Chip Ganassi defends their Crown. GOOD LUCK!!

    • Nick1

      December 29, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Good lord, and I thought Action Express couldn’t have a more stacked lineup. Well there goes all chances of any P2’s contending

      • Jack

        December 29, 2015 at 12:16 pm

        All a p2 needs to do is stay on the lead lap, then put there quick guy in at the end, AJ, for shank and pipo for ESM, and anyone from SMP, and they can compete. It’s goin to come down to who has the highest top speed. Which I think it’s safe to say the ford will be the best on top end once again.

  6. jeff

    December 29, 2015 at 11:51 am

    wurz last ride in a DP car, imagine that, just saying, watch ganassi dp car win at the 24 and pruett aint part of the win, oh well

  7. jason

    December 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    There should be a good 3-5 cars on the lead lap at the end. With the full course yellow wave by format there is NO REASON AT ALL why a team should push there car in the first 23 hours of the race.

    The commentators will spew on and on during the broadcast the old “24 hour sprint race” line but for this particular race. Not the case at all. You can set a pace for the first 23 and stay out of trouble and be ok if you have a hotshoe driver and a car with horses for the last hour. In this regard a team like the Shank Ligier could have a chance if Pew stays out of trouble. They can get AJ Allmendinger in during the last hour to give it a run.

    • jeff

      December 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      MSR all the way, would love to see that, I will be there flagging for the 24

      • Larry

        December 30, 2015 at 10:43 pm

        What turn?

        I will be working F&C at 5.

  8. juneracer

    December 29, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    impressive. to think only a few years ago you’d have businessmen, lawyers, Dr’s etc. now even the ‘Am’ cars are mostly ringers. long way from the Cannibal’s and home builds of the 80s and 90s. a nice nearly full profession race. now if we had all proper P2 cars…wouldn’t that be impressive…

    • curtis

      December 29, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Proper P2’s and a handful of P1’s would be the ultimate…..even if it were just at the four NAEC rounds.

      • Larry

        December 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

        P1s are not eligible here except in the WEC round at COTA.

  9. Guilherme

    December 29, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    BOY… What. A. Lineup! Definitely looking forward to 2016 and the Rolex 24 now! I hope Ganassi wins again with either of their cars. Also hoping that they can continue to battle for overall honors in Daytona in the following seasons… Wouldn’t seem right without them.

    • Larry

      December 30, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      Kinda hard for the GTLMs to compete for overall and Ganassi will not be able to run a DP after this year.

      Not saying a GTLM can’t do it, but as the field of P2s gets stronger, it will be harder and harder.

  10. JeffB

    December 31, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Ok, am I missing something here? Pruett left Ganassi because wanted a chance at an overall win at the Daytona 24, right? Why didn’t Chip tell him that he was in fact going to run two DPs in the race and then move Scott to the Ford GT for the remainder of the season – the best of both worlds.

    I fail to see why Pruett would not want to remain with Ganassi’s proven DPs in the Daytona 24 if he had known Chip would be fielding the cars there.

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