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Ford Confirms Four-Car Lineup for 24H Le Mans

Dixon, Tincknell, Johnson complete Ford GT lineup for Le Mans…

Photo: Michelin

Photo: Michelin

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed the remainder of the driver lineup for its four-car Ford GT program in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Scott Dixon, Harry Tincknell and Billy Johnson completing the roster.

Johnson will join the full-season FIA World Endurance Championship pairing of Stefan Muecke and Olivier Pla in the No. 66 car, with former Le Mans LMP2 class winner Tincknell in the No. 67 Ford alongside Priaulx and Franchitti.

The IMSA-based No. 68 Ford will be driven by Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais, with reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Dixon in the No. 69 car with Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe.

Dixon will also take part in this weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in the same car.

“For once I’m the rookie as this will be my first Le Mans,” Dixon said. “I’m excited to make my Le Mans debut in the Ford GT.

“Like any driver it is a dream come true for me to race at Le Mans and I can’t wait to get started. The history of Ford at Le Mans is very well documented and I’m proud to be part of this very special program.”

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ace Johnson, who had played a key part in development of the Multimatic-built Ford GTs, will also be making his Le Mans debut.

“Having won many races behind the wheel of Fords and having been a part of the development of the Ford GT, it’s truly an honor to be competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours on Ford’s historic return to the race,” Johnson said.

“Like the original, the new Ford GT was built to win Le Mans and it’s such a fantastic car to drive.”

Former Nissan LMP1 factory driver Tincknell will also compete in the opening two FIA WEC races of the season in preparation for his GTE-Pro debut at Le Mans.

“There is an incredible drive within the team at the moment and everyone is excited to be back. I’m very proud to be a part of it all,” he said.

The four-car factory effort comes 50 years after Ford’s first victory in the French endurance classic.

“Personally, and as an organization, we are thrilled to be racing at Le Mans this year,” said Chip Ganassi.

“As a driver I raced there once back in 1987 and I have been looking to get back there ever since.

“To be going with Ford and the new GT makes it all the more special and the talent assembled in this driver line-up just adds to the anticipation.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. 7D3

    March 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Hope Chip Granassi brings the tribute Ford GT40 Retro liveries to mark this return, everyone would want to see the famous Gold and Red, the Black with the White stripes and not to mention the liveries from Martini and Gulf.

    Please, bring some retro liveries to Le Mans for this legendary anniversary.

    • Steven

      March 14, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      I believe they already said all 4 cars will be using the same livery from Daytona.

    • Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

      March 15, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Liveries are unimportant and only important to nostalgia freaks.

      The important thing her is BILLY JOHNSON getting the nod.

  2. Mike S.

    March 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Hope they show well. If not 4 cars?? I like the all in approach though at Le Mans. Sebring will test the learning from Dayotna. Hope they made strides since the 24.

  3. stingray

    March 15, 2016 at 7:25 am

    all 4 fords will not finish 24 hrs

    • Anthony Thomas (@djfourmoney)

      March 15, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Is that wishful thinking or based in fact? One car finished Daytona and was running at the finish. It’s on-pace, they have made the changes that exposed them as rookies in GTLM at Daytona.

      What on earth you think they’ve been doing since then? Are you discounting the fast there is three races including 12 hours of Sebring between now and the Le Mans test day?

      Two things limit development –

      1) Money

      2) Lead Time

      If money is not an issue, thee lead time becomes an issue. Since Multimatic and Ganassi all have everything they need in-house there is no need to farm anything out and the dyno’s at Ford Racing Engines are already running around the clock, adding the GT’s engine to the log list of NASCAR engines being test is nothing.

      While history says they will not win on the first try, nothing is impossible.

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