Ford Chip Ganassi Racing: Same IMSA lineup, new paint jobs for Ford GT
The two-car Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team, which won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, will return with the same driver lineup it has used for the past two IMSA WeatherTech Championship seasons.
Sharing the No. 66 Ford GT on a full-time basis will be Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand, while Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe are slated to again co-drive the No. 67 Ford GT. IndyCar stars Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon will complete the respective driver lineups in the No. 66 and 67 for endurance races.
The most notable difference heading into the season is a revised paint scheme for the two cars, which broke cover this week at the Daytona test. While the cars are still red, white and blue, the shades of each correspond to the colors available on Ford GT production models. So, it’s now “Liquid Red,” “Lightning Blue,” and “Frozen White.”
And while the new colors are flashy, they may not offer much assistance in the speed of the race car.
“It would be easy to tell the engineer, ‘I need more blue,’ and then we go a second faster,” Mueller said. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.”
The continuity within the team, however, likely does have benefits.
“It’s really good,” Mueller said. “It’s one big family, it’s one big crew, and everybody knows what the other one is doing. That really helps the whole program, being up on top. Everybody on the team is high level. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing is operating on such a high level. Like our boss, Chip, says, he likes winners, so we need to make that happen so that he likes us.”
Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe are driving the No. 67 this season.