50 Seconds in Heaven
Watch the Ford GT racer test at Daytona International Speedway
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Performance
Of course the world knows that Ford will race the 2017 Ford GT at LeMans next year. However, the car’s racing debut is actually with IMSA on January 30, 2016 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. As such, Ford is wasting no time testing the car in advance of the race.
Yesterday the GT racer rolled out onto the historic track in bare carbon fiber and did its thing with Chip Ganassi Racing, Ford Performance, and Multimatic Motorsports working hand in hand. Better yet, Ford wasn’t shy about letting us know the car was there and running.
“It’s been a terrific partnership between Ford, Multimatic and Chip Ganassi Racing,” Ganassi Team Managing Director Mike Hull, told IMSA. “Our guys have been an integral part of working with the R&D car all the way through to this, being the first production race car. We’ve been with them not only at the race tracks but at the factory in Toronto, through the build process. It’s been pretty complete.”
Watch the Ford GT racer it do its thing for 50 seconds right here…
We are sure there will be much more to come from this car in the future, but it’s definitely great to know that Ford is pushing hard long before racing season starts.
“It feels great to get my first miles in Chip Ganassi Racing’s brand-new car,” driver Scott Pruett said to IMSA. “We’ve been working on little things getting it up and going—slowly sneaking up on it to find what it likes—and doesn’t like. It’s great to be back at Daytona—and great to be here in a Ford GT.”