Four Ford GTs will soon roll up to the starting line at the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, comprising the squad that will compete at the hotly anticipated endurance race of the year.
Racing enthusiasts have been buzzing about Le Mans more so since last year, when the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team clinched a victory 50 years after the historic 1966 race of the same name. This year offers yet another chance at a notable victory, since Ford also claimed a victory in 1967. Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt, both from the U.S., brought home the gold via a Ford GT40; this year, four sets of Ford drivers have the opportunity to do the same. Watch Ford's virtual return to the Le Mans track in the video below:
Piloting the #67 Ford GT is Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and newcomer Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani. The #68 Ford GT will be driven by Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais, who will strive to win back-to-back Le Mans trophies after taking home the title last year. Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla will drive #66 in the FIA WEC, adding Billy Johnson for the Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans races. Rounding out the quartet in #69, Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon will be on the hunt to trump last year's third-place podium finish.
“When we came to Le Mans last year there was a lot of pressure on the team to deliver a win to commemorate the Ford GT40 1-2-3 finish in 1966,” Raj Nair, the executive vice president of Global Product Development and chief technical officer at Ford Motor Company, said. “It was fantastic to win but we will not rest on our laurels."
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