Ford has certainly enjoyed its fair share of motorsports success in recent years, with two NASCAR teams currently vying for a championship, several notable wins for the now-discontinued Ford GT, and a victory for the old Ford Mustang GT4 in last year’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). With the debut of the S650 generation pony car marking the beginning of a new, expansive motorsports push, we’ll soon be treated to a host of new track-focused models, including the Ford Mustang GT3 and GT4, which have thus far been in high demand. Now, The Blue Oval has revealed the full driver lineup for the all-new Ford Mustang GT3 in its forthcoming debut season.
Ford Performance has officially unveiled its two-car factory-backed IMSA GTD Pro works team, which will be managed by long-time partner Multimatic Motorsports and will feature Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, Harry Tincknell, and Mike Rockenfeller as its drivers, who will do battle across 10 races in the upcoming IMSA-sanctioned WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.
Hand is certainly no stranger to Le Mans, in particular, having helped deliver a victory at the historic race upon Ford’s highly-anticipated return there back in 2016. He also competed alongside Müller for four seasons, who piloted the No. 66 Ford GT in IMSA and helping the team secure five wins, 14 podiums, and seven pole positions, while also sharing a 2017 Rolex 24 class victory at Daytona.
Tincknell was also a Ford GT race program participant from 2016 to 2019, driving the No. 67 sister car in WEC with Multimatic Motorsports, securing class victories at Silverstone, Fuji, and Shanghai, along with a second-place finish at the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans. Finally, Rockenfeller has two Le Mans wins under his belt, along with victories at the 24 Hours of Spa, the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“We’re thrilled to embark on this exciting endeavor and to put our 58 years of global Mustang racing heritage and performance to the test against some of the world’s greatest manufacturers,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “We want to welcome Joey and Dirk back to the Ford family after a great few years with the GT program. Combined with Harry’s four wins during the Ford GT program and Mike’s impressive racecraft and résumé, this puts us in a strong starting position in the Mustang GT3’s debut season.”