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Sébastien Bourdais and Stefan Mücke Complete Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Lineup for Rolex 24 At Daytona

Sébastien Bourdais and Stefan Mücke Complete Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Lineup for Rolex 24 At Daytona

January 5th, 2016 – Courtesy Ford Performance – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced today the drivers who will complete the Ford GT lineup for the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

French driver Sébastien Bourdais joins American Joey Hand and German Dirk Müller in the No. 66 Ford GT, while German Stefan Mücke will be paired with Australian Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, of England, in the No. 67 Ford GT.

Ford created this all-new iteration of the iconic GT to mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s 1-2-3 sweep of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Ford GT40.

In 1966, Ford started its victorious march to Le Mans with a win at the inaugural Rolex 24 At Daytona, with defending winners Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby. The GT40 also won the 2000K event at Daytona the year before with Miles and Ruby.

Ganassi’s team is the record-holder for overall team wins (6) at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Ford also has six overall wins at the Rolex 24 (1965-6, 1997, 1999, 2012, 2015).

The all-new Ford GT supercar is the culmination of years of Ford innovations in lightweighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient Ford EcoBoost engines. Ford announced it would return to GT racing with the Ford GT last June at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Driver Notes

  • Sébastien Bourdais: Bourdais started competing in karting at the age of 10 and progressed to single-seat cars in 1995. After moving to the United States to compete in Champ Car with Newman/Haas Racing in 2003, Bourdais won four consecutive driver championships (2004-2007). He made the move to Formula One in 2008 and joined Scuderia Toro Rosso, where he competed in 27 races over two seasons. The French driver joined the Verizon IndyCar Series full time in 2012 and has recorded three wins over the past four seasons. Bourdais has recorded four wins in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and co-drove the winning Prototype entry in the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
  • Stefan Mücke: Mücke started his racing career in 1998, winning the BMW ADAC Series before moving into Formula 3 for the next three years. From 2002-2006, he raced Mercedes in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and made the move into sports car racing in 2007 racing in the FIA GT Championship and the Le Mans Series for the next five years. Mücke began his FIA World Endurance Championship career in 2012 with Aston Martin Racing and has recorded six wins over the past three seasons.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 194,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, one car in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 170 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn. For more information log onto www.chipganassiracing.com.

Contacts:
Lachelle Seymour
+1 630 780 7006
lseymour@campbellmarketing.com

Kelby Krauss
+1 317 945 3019
kkrauss@ganassi.com