Officially announced earlier this week, Ford will be entering their newly revealed GT to compete within the GTE Pro class in 2016. Alongside the WEC, the Ford camp will also compete in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship with a total of two, two car teams managed by Chip Ganassi Racing and Felix Sabates.
The re-entry into the international sports car world is a commemoration in synchronization with Ford’s 50th Anniversary of their prolific 1966 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans. Enzo Ferrari’s sour deal for Ford to acquire Ferrari led Ford to developing the now legendary GT40. Also little known, 1967 is the last time a U.S. based team with U.S. drivers has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with drivers, Dan Gurney (New York) and A.J. Foyt (Houston) behind the wheel of the Shelby-American, Inc. V8 machine, Ford GT40 Mark IV. It is also the first time that champagne was intentionally sprayed on a winning podium, a well known international tradition in contemporary motorsport.
We are eager to discover more details regarding Ford’s new program and their objectives in the coming months. Check out all of the details on Ford’s web site, here.