How serious is the brand new Ford
Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA program?
“We don’t show up to place or show.
We show up to win,” says CGR team
manager, Mike O’Gara. But the Blue
Oval will have plenty of opposition
trying to prevent it from happening.
Coming off a clean sweep of all
three GT Le Mans championships, not
to mention the Tequila Patrón North
American Endurance Cup title, the
Porsche North America factory
program would love to humble Ford,
BMW Team RLL, Corvette Racing and
Risi Competizione Ferrari once more,
but it won’t be easy.
Renewed efforts from the Michigan-based Corvette team should see its
rapturous V8-powered C7.Rs wage a
frenetic battle to reclaim its place atop
the manufacturer-rich GTLM class.
BMW’s new M6, which is propelled by
a hearty twin-turbo V8, will add
another high-tech layer to the
category through its partners at Rahal
Letterman Lanigan Racing, and
continuing the twin-turbo theme,
Ferrari’s new V8-powered 488 is
expected to bring Italian flair through
Giuseppe Risi’s team.
Altogether, it’s two American
titans, two legendary German
brands, and a Prancing Horse
battling for GTLM honors.
“We’re preparing for what should
be a classic season, and hold every
belief our Corvettes will be ready to
continue Chevrolet’s proud tradition in
racing,” says Corvette Racing program
manager Doug Fehan. “As we are
continually reminded, our class is built
on very strict rules where even the
smallest change can shift the
competitive balance. What we’re
hopeful for, especially with our friends
from Ford coming back to race among
GT cars, is the balance to help us tell
great stories as a manufacturer.”
ENTER FRAY THE Words by Marshall Pruett
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing
will campaign a pair of
Ford GTs, marking the
Blue Oval’s return as a
manufacturer to sports
WITH FORD’S RETURN TO TOP LINE
GT RACING, THE GTLM BATTLE IS SET
FOR A NEW ERA OF GLORY.
GTLM CLASS PREVIEW