There has been plenty of thrills and disappointments in the four years that Ford ran its factory-backed Ford GT racing program. The car wrapped up its factory-sponsored racing program last weekend. Ford is planning to have the ex-factory cars in the hands of privateers in at least some of the major racing events next year.
To celebrate the last four years and 19 wins that the Ford GT racked up around the world, Ford Performance has published a video that shows many of the highlights from the four-year racing program. The video is nice for fans of sports car racing, and fans of the Ford GT alike.
The video opens with a couple of the racing cars in what appears to be testing. It then touts the first program win at Laguna Seca in 2016. Later in 2016, the Ford GT won its class at LeMans. The gang at Chip Ganassi Racing also reminisced about that special win.
The video brags on the back to back wins for the GT at the Rolex 24 in 2017 and 2018. Some cool facts are touted in the video as well. One of them is that the Ford GT program traveled a total of 279,617 miles. During the program, the GT racers used 9,000 Michelin tires. Drivers of the Ford hypercar took 23 race poles during the 48-month program and had 47 podium finishes. Ford won 19 of those races.
Four years of unforgettable #FordGT moments, epic racing, and victory circle celebrations. Thank you to everyone who made this possible and to our passionate fans who joined us on the ride. @CGRsportscar pic.twitter.com/Vp27CJ4ZJxSponsored Links
— Ford Performance (@FordPerformance) October 11, 2019
We expect that after these racing cars have completed their time in conception and begin to change hands to private owners over the years, they will one day bring big money for their race history and providence. These are cool cars, and we are still sad that Ford is walking away.