We already knew Ford had plans to enter four Ford GTs in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, but whether or not they were actually going to do it ultimately depended on the organizers of the race’s decision. We’re happy to report all four Ford GTs have been approved for the race, with the No. 66, 67, 68 and 69 cars all being listed on the Le Mans entry list, which was released following a press conference in Paris today.
The two Ford Chip Ganassi Racing cars that run in the FIA World Endurance Championship will retain their No. 66 and No. 67 numbers for Le Mans, while the No. 66 and No. 67 cars that race in IMSA in the United States will take on the No. 68 and No. 69 numbers.
“I’m very happy that we can run all four Ford GTs at Le Mans,” said Chip Ganassi, owner of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “It will be a big challenge for us but one we are thrilled to undertake. We have prepared well and can’t wait to get the Ford GTs onto the track there and show everyone what they can do.”
Ford says the configuration of the driver line-ups for the FIA WEC cars will be announced at a later date, however the previously announced lineup of Marino Franchitti, Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla
and Andy Priaulx will stick. The third drivers for both the IMSA and WEC cars will also be announced closer to Le Mans in June.
The Ford GT competed in its first official race late last month, the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Both the No. 66 and No. 67 cars experienced issues related to reliability, but were able to eventually finish the race and turned up 7th and 9th in GTLM, respectively.