Following its debut back in June, the all-new Ford Mustang GT3 racer – which is powered by a fortified and enlarged version of the naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 Coyote displacing 5.4 liters – has faced higher than expected demand, which is notable given the fact that it will reportedly cost every bit as much as its GT3 rivals from the likes of Ferrari and GM with its Corvette. Regardless, back in October, The Blue Oval revealed the full driver lineup for the all-new Ford Mustang GT3 in its forthcoming debut season, who will lead a two-car factory-backed effort in IMSA GTD Pro in the 2024 WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Now, that lineup has expanded to include a total of nine drivers.
In addition to the previously-announced driver lineup of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, Harry Tincknell, and Mike Rockenfeller, the Ford Mustang GT3 team will also be aided by the talents of Ben Barker, Chris Mies, Dennis Olsen, Andy Priaulx, and Frédéric Vervisch. Mies and Vervisch are already testing the new race car at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, where they will complete the lineup for the Ford Multimatic Motorsports team, with Mies joining Tincknell and Rockenfeller in the number 64 Mustang and Vervisch piloting the number 65 car along with Hand and Müller.
Following that debut at Daytona, the Ford Mustang GT3 factory team will compete at events on six of seven continents over the forthcoming season. FoMoCo plans to participate in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA), GT World Challenge Europe (GTWCE), the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and is also eyeing additional series that could be added later in 2024.
“This is such an important and special year for Mustang – it will celebrate its 60th anniversary and we take Mustang racing globally,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “To take an icon like Mustang racing, we need a lineup of the best and most experienced GT racers, and our nine sports car factory drivers represent just that. Together with our partners at Multimatic Motorsports and our first customer teams Proton Competition and Dinamic GT, we are ready to take on the best in the world at the most iconic race circuits. I can’t wait to get started at Daytona in January.”