Late last year Ford Performance announced that Ryan Briscoe, Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Richard Westbrook would drive their new Ford GT racecar in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Now the automaker has announced who will drive for them in the neighboring FIA World Endurance Championship in Europe and there will be no shortage of experience between them.
Marino Franchitti, brother of Dario Franchitti, has joined the Chip Ganassi/Ford Performance squad’s FIA WEC campaign. He’s well known to the Ganassi squad, having won the 12 Hours of Sebring with the team in 2014 and is well versed in endurance racing. Joining Franchitti will be Stefan Mücke, an experienced Aston Martin racing driver with three Le Mans podiums and six FIA WEC wins.
Also driving for Ford and CGR in 2016 will be Frenchman Olivier Pla, who has raced in LMP2 both in the Europe and North America and drove Nissan’s LMP1 GTR LM Nismo at Le Mans in 2015. Finally, British touring car ace Andy Priaulx has climbed aboard after spending thirteen years racing with BMW in the European and British Touring Car Championships.
“Just like when we announced the Ford GT drivers for the Weathertech Sportscar Championship last month, we’ve again chosen drivers with heart, speed and proven endurance racing credentials,” said Chip Ganassi. “It’s a global team running in two championships and I can’t wait for the racing to begin.”
Check out the video above to get acquainted with Ford’s new FIA WEC squad.