The new Ford GT race car competes for the first time in the U.S. next year – and it’s a Brit that will be behind the wheel of one of the vehicles in action.
Seasoned driver Richard Westbrook first made his name in karting and over a nine-year career in GT racing has notched up eight wins.
Richard will drive the No. 67 Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, along with Ryan Brisco, from Australia. Dirk Müller, from Germany, and Joey Hand from the U.S. will co-drive the No. 66 Ford GT.
“It feels pretty surreal right now but I’m enjoying every minute of it,” Richard said. “I just thought ‘What a cool programme’. I’m a big fan of the history of sports car racing and I know what a big deal it is for Ford to come back to sports car racing in this manner with a team like Chip Ganassi racing.”
Closer to home, the Ford GT racecar – based on the Ford GT supercar and powered by a 3.6-litre EcoBoost engine – will also compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) next year. Getting under way in April, at Silverstone, the WEC includes a historic return to Le Mans, where 50 years ago the original Ford GT40 won the first of four consecutive victories. Drivers for these races will be announced in due course.