Ford is making a comeback to global sports car racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the iconic Ford Mustang leading the way. The Mustang will compete in multiple races at the event, with GT3 race cars participating in the GTD Pro and GTD classes, and GT4 cars racing in both the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the IMSA VP Racing Sports Car Challenge. The cars have been developed in partnership with Multimatic Motorsports. Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports, expressed his excitement about unleashing the Ford Mustang GT3 and GT4 cars at Daytona International Speedway for IMSA competition.Pro, Ford, and Multimatic are collaborating on a two-car, factory-supported GT3 team. The No. 64 Mustang will be driven by Chris Mies, Mike Rockenfeller, and Harry Tincknell, while the No. 65 will be driven by Le Mans winners Joey Hand and Dirk Müller, along with Frédéric Vervisch. Both factory-backed cars are paying tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.
“The first race for a new car is always the most challenging,” said Larry Holt, Executive Vice President of Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations. “Daytona is the culmination of two years of intense work by Multimatic, Ford, and M-Sport, with no effort spared in creating a car capable of taking on the legendary twice around-the-clock contest. We are ready!”
In addition, Mustang GT3 customer Proton Competition is entering its GT3 in the GTD Class with Dennis Olsen, Corey Lewis, Ryan Hardwick, and Giammarco Levorato as the drivers of the No. 55 car.
At Daytona, two customer teams are set to launch the all-new Mustang GT4 in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series and the IMSA VP Racing Sports Car Challenge. KohR Motorsports will see the return of Luca Mars and Bob Michaelian in the No. 59 Mustang GT4, with Mars simultaneously competing in VP Racing Sports Car Challenge. McCumbee McAleer Racing also celebrates the exciting next chapter of Mustang, welcoming back the No. 13 of Chad McCumbee and Jenson Altzman to the Michelin Pilot Challenge.
The Rolex 24 at Daytona has been the scene of multiple racing successes for Ford Motor Company, from the first victory in 1966 to Ford’s most recent win: a class victory for the Ford GTLM in 2017.
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