The factory-backed Ford GT racing effort from Ford will come to a close after Petit Le Mans this year, leaving some teams wondering what car they will race next season. As the factory Ford GT racing effort winds down, Ford is telling fans of the race car to be on the lookout next season as some of the former factory Ford GT racers will be driven in the hands of privateers at select events.
Ford isn’t specific on where the cars will turn up, all it is saying at this point is that it is finalizing arrangments for where the ex-factory Ford GT racers will run. Ford Performance head Mark Rushbrook says that the cars that show up in the hands of privateers won’t be run for a full season or at a “full factory level,” but Ford GT fans will see some of the cars on track in 2020.
One of the factory Ford GT cars was purchased by Ben Keating and driven to a class win in the GTE-Am class at the 24 hours of LeMans in June, but the car was later disqualified for using an oversize fuel bladder. Rushbrook and his team are evaluating other potential buyers for the cars to run at IMSA marquee events. Ganassi Racing is still considering if it will run the Ford GT next season. Ganassi said at the time that the likelihood of running its existing Ford’s next season was a 4 or 5 out of ten. Like many people, we were sad to hear Ford was stopping its factory racing efforts with the Ford GT.