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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team Unveils Driver Lineup for 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team Unveils Driver Lineup for 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

It’s the buzz of the racing world.

Ford and Ganassi Racing Team have just announced the four selected Ford GT drivers who will compete in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The driver line-up represents a true global effort, with drivers from various countries. Drivers Joey Hand from United States, Richard Westbrook from United Kingdom, Ryan Briscoe from Australia, and Dirk Muller from Germany have all been selected. Drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Muller will co-drive the No.66 Ford GT, while Aussie’s Ryan Briscoe and UK’s Richard Westbrook, will team up for the No.67 Ford GT.

The Ford GT Driver Lineup (IMSA)

Ryan Briscoe is a veteran of American sports car racing and the Ganassi racing team. Briscoe is a twelve-time IMSA and eight-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner. He rejoined the Ganassi team after driving the No.8 NTT DATA car in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar for the team. Briscoe has driven for multiple IMSA teams, scoring twelve wins, and most recently won the prestigious 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 2015 12 Hours of Sebring in the GTLM class.

Joey Hand, a Sacramento native who’s competed and won the endurance races at Daytona and Sebring. Dubbed one of the best road racers in the world, Hand returns for his second full-time season with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, after helping the team finish fourth in the recent 2015 IMSA Prototype points standings. Hand led the most laps in the 2011 event, pacing 116 of the No. 01 car's race-leading 231 laps. He previously competed in the DTM series from 2012-14 and was part of the American Le Mans Series from 2004-11.

Dirk Müller is a German BMW factory racing driver. Muller began his IMSA career seventeen years ago and has competed in 111 races in the series. The German-born racer scored eighteen wins and thirty poles during his tenure and most recently competed in a full-season IMSA entry for BMW Team RLL in the GTLM class in 2014.

Richard Westbrook is a British professional racing driver noted for his success racing Porsche. In 2009, Westbrook won the highly coveted FIA GT2 Championship, establishing himself firmly on the world motor sports stage. The next year, Westbrook made his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GT2 class, driving a Porsche 997 GT3-RSR for BMS Scuderia Italia. In 2011, Westbrook signed a deal with Corvette as a factory driver and joined Corvette Racing team as the third driver in the No.4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. Westbrook also competed in Le Man Series (Farnbacher Racing) and American Le Man Series (Farnbacher Loles Motorsport). Westbrook is the only driver to win at least one race in all three categories. In addition, Westbrook also competed in three 24-hour races, the Spa 24h, the Daytona 24h, and the Dubai 24 Hours.

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