Ford announces return to Le Mans with GT

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BROOKLYN, Mich. – Fifty years after its 1-2-3 finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, Ford Motor Company will return to the iconic endurance race next year with an equally iconic car, the GT, based on the new ultra-high performance supercar that will be available as a production model next year.

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will field the Le Mans entry as well as full-time teams in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016. The GT will makes its competitive debut in January in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

That means NASCAR’s Kyle Larson, part of the winning Daytona Prototype team in this year’s Rolex 24, will have to get used to a new style of ride.

“It’s going to be different,” Larson acknowledged. “I’m already nervous about that, because, in the prototype, you always look ahead, but I would imagine in those types of cars, you’re always looking behind for the prototypes to be coming.

“It’ll be a different style of race, but I had fun doing the 24 Hours, and I’m excited to go back and try it again.”

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