Professional racing driver and team owner Ben Keating can’t stop thinking about the livery for the No. 85 Ford GT he will race at the 24 Hours Of Le Mans this June. Keating isn’t sure exactly what it will look like, but he does know that it will be purple, pink, and orange.
Keating currently drives the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (below) in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship which is sponsored by Wynn’s, an automotive preventative maintenance product company. The company’s retro color scheme consists of purple, pink, and orange, making for a standout racecar in the always colorful IMSA series. Wynn’s recently announced that they will also support Keating’s efforts n the No. 85 Ford GT at Le Mans this summer.
“With the purple and the pink and the orange, I mean, it just makes a great-looking race car,” said Keating. “I’m really excited to see what we come up with as a livery for our Ford GT.”
Back in February, it was announced that Ben Keating would drive the first privately owned Ford GT in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The chassis Keating purchased was actually Ford’s first race-winning chassis – the car that Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook took to victory at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen, and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016.
Keating’s grandfather was the owner of a Ford dealership, along with Keating’s father, and Keating currently owns three dealerships in Texas. With three generations of Ford dealer ownership, you might say that the Keating family blood is Ford Blue – although now, it may have hints of purple, pink, and orange.
This will be Keating’s fifth consecutive Le Mans appearance. With five different cars over five years, we can’t wait to see if this is the winning formula for the devoted Texan racer.