Ford and Chip Ganassi Racing have officially announced the drivers of the new Ford GT racecar in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech United Sportscar Championship. The lineup is full of recognizable names in the U.S. sportscar racing scene and seems to a be a step in the right direction as Ford enters the GTLM fray with hopes to beat out rival manufacturers like Chevrolet and Porsche.
The lineup consists of former IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe, IMSA Daytona Prototype driver Joey Hand, sportscar racer Dirk Müller and former Corvette Racing driver Richard Westbrook. Briscoe has a lasting relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing, having driven for the team in IndyCar in 2005, 2013 and 2014. Hand is also a lasting member of the Ganassi camp, having campaigned the Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype for the team in IMSA’s Prototype class in 2014 and 2015.
Westbrook, who’s crossed over to a Corvette Racing fan’s version of the dark side after racing with the General Motors factory team since 2011, is new to Chip Ganassi Racing with his joining of the GT program. So is Müller, an experienced BMW and Porsche toruing car driver who has raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 hours of the Nurburgring.
Get to know 2016 Ford GT/Chip Ganassi Racing driver lineup in the short introduction video above, and keep an eye out for all four drivers on track next year as they attempt to dethrone established GTLM manufacturers in Ford’s first season back in the class.