Ford GT Drivers Named for World Endurance Championship

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Marino Franchitti, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Andy Priaulx will race the latest Ford GT – not GT40 since the latest car is not 40-inches high –  in FIA World Endurance Championship for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. Ford is running two cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship in Europe and two in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the U.S. All of the GT’s will be at Circuit de la Sarthe close to the village of Le Mans, France for an endurance race that has been run since 1923.  Fifty years later this could be a rerun of a classic duel with Ferrari.

 

The intention is for the two endurance racing teams to come together in June for a four-car effort at arguably the most famous endurance race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours, fifty years after Ford’s historic 1-2-3 finish in France. The FIA WEC will visit a another  three locations in Europe: Silverstone (UK), Nürburgring (Germany) and Spa (Belgium).

Briton Marino Franchitti is an endurance-specialist and has raced at Le Mans five times. Stefan Mücke, from Germany, knows what it takes to make it onto the podium at Le Mans. Frenchman, Olivier Pla, also has driving experience in WEC. Briton Andy Priaulx is a three-time FIA World Touring Car Champion the Nürburgring 24 Hours – and stood on the podium at Le Mans.

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