***Monday’s activities in downtown Le Mans saw the final group of teams pass through scrutineering, featuring the factory efforts from Porsche, Toyota and Aston Martin. There were also a number of other U.S. teams present, including Corvette Racing, Scuderia Corsa, Riley Technologies and Extreme Speed Motorsports.
***Ford has confirmed that it will be making a “major Ford Performance news announcement” on Friday at 3 p.m. France time. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, President and CEO Mark Fields and Group Vice President and Global Product Development Raj Nair will be in attendance for the event.
***The announcement, which will officially confirm Ford’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 with a factory effort run by Chip Ganassi Racing, will be streamed live at http://bit.ly/FordPerformanceSpecialEvent
***Strakka Racing has confirmed that it will not make a bid to become a LMP2 constructor in 2017. The British squad, however, remains fully committed to its Dome S103 for the remainder of this season and into 2016, with a decision to be made on its future plans this summer.
***In addition to the unveil of the Aston Martin Racing art car, the No. 55 AF Corse Ferrari arrived at scrutineering this afternoon also sporting a revised livery that it ran at the test day. The GTE-Am entry will be driven by Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Alex Mortimer.
***The Ligier JS P3 will be revealed on Thursday. The Onroak Automotive-designed LMP3 car is expected to make its debut in the European Le Mans Series season-ending Four Hours of Estoril in October.
***Two-time and reigning Asian Le Mans Series champion David Cheng told Sportscar365 that the Ligier would be a “good option” for his targeted return to the series this year. Cheng said he’s evaluating multiple team and chassis options.
***Based on the level of interest, it’s understood there could be as many as six LMP3s on the grid in Asia this year.
***Fujifilm has joined forces with the FIA WEC to offer the overall winner of the 2015 Fans Photo Competition with a professional camera kit worth $4,500, which will be presented to the winner at the season finale in Bahrain. Click Here for more details and how to enter the competition.
***Longtime motorsports photographer David Stephens, a contributor to Sportscar365, passed away suddenly at the age of 53. Our entire staff sends our condolences to David’s family at this very difficult time.