Following its GTLM class victory at Daytona back in January, Ford has elected to enter a third GT into the Sebring 12 Hours in an attempt to help it achieve its goal of winning Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring in nine months.
Driving the #68 GT, which is not a full-season IMSA entry, will be Ford’s WEC crew Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla with American Billy Johnson as their third driver.
“We wish we could send all four cars like we did at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, but the WEC cars will already be prepped for The Prologue test at Monza and the first race at Silverstone,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance’s global director. “Even though it’s impossible to bring all of our Ford GTs, we didn’t want to see this important opportunity to continue our cross-development pass us by.”
The other two GTs in the GTLM field meanwhile remain unchanged in terms of lineup too, Sébastien Bourdais will continue in the #66 with Joey Hand and Dirk Müller, while the #67 will see Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook as its trio.
“This is another great opportunity for our WEC and IMSA teams to work together as the opportunity to data share is invaluable,” said Chip Ganassi, owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “There are not a lot of opportunities for us to get together so when we have the chance we will always try to take advantage of it. Plus, to be able to bring another car to a legendary endurance event like Sebring is something special to all of us.”
The 2017 Sebring 12 Hours event is set to run later this month on the 11-12 March.