Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will run four GTs at the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona in January to kick off the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Season, with its pair of WEC GTs heading across the Atlantic to join their IMSA counterparts.
“It would be easy to just talk about what we’ve already done with this Ford GT but really we’re focused on the future,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.
“We didn’t have the strongest race at the Rolex 24 last year but we have a season of learning experiences behind us with this program now and we’re proud that when we come back to Daytona in 2017, we’ll come with all four Ford GTs.”
The Ford GT program won six races and started from the front of the grid eight times in 2016 across both series’, with victories coming at Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, Mosport, Le Mans, Fuji and Shanghai.
“Even with the success we had last season winning six races, I think we have some unfinished business in Daytona,” said Chip Ganassi, owner, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, who with the 2016 Le Mans win became the only team owner in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“The Rolex 24 last year was our first big test to see where we were with the program, and although we didn’t win, I can tell you that we learned a lot. We also learned a lot in Le Mans working with all four cars through the 24 hours.
“I’m excited we have another opportunity to assemble the full lineup for Daytona. The opportunity to compete with all four cars at the same time, in a race as prestigious as Daytona, is very special.”
The four GTs will be up against stiff competition at the Rolex 24, with factory efforts from Corvette, BMW, Porsche and Ferrari present in the GTLM class once again.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will again campaign four Ford GTs full-time in its second year of competition – two in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and two in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team’s full driver lineup meanwhile is yet to be announced.