Sebastian Bourdais will once again join Dirk Mueller in the #66 Ford GT, filling in for Joey Hand who is still battling the symptoms of a strong virus. This will be the second consecutive IMSA race where Bourdais has had to fill in for the American. He competed with Mueller last time out at Long Beach.
“It’s really been a rough few weeks dealing with this very strong virus,” said Hand. “Under doctors’ orders, I’ve had to rest with no physical activity whatsoever. Only this week have I felt well enough and been given the okay to do light training and resume preparation for driving again.”
Hand also added that his “main priority and focus is to be 100% for Le Mans.”
Mueller and Bourdais had a strong run in California together at the last IMSA race. The duo was running second at Long Bach when their Ford GT ran out of fuel on the final lap of the race.
This coming weekend is a special one for the team as it marks the four-year anniversary of the first triumph for the Ford GT programme when Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe drove their #67 Ford to a win at Laguna Seca.
“Four years ago this week, Westy and I got the Ford GT’s first win at Laguna Seca, and that victory really gave our whole Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team momentum for the rest of the year. We’d like to duplicate that kind of performance as we get ready for Le Mans next month.” Said Briscoe.
Bourdais, meanwhile, will look for his first win at Mid-Ohio before heading to Indianapolis and diving into preparations for the IndyCar Grand Prix and later the Indy 500. He is slated to rejoin the Ford team with Mueller and Hand for the Le Mans 24 Hours next month.
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