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 carâ€™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,Â and Multimatic Motorsports working hand in hand. Better yet, Ford wasnâ€™t shy about letting us know the car was there and running.
â€œItâ€™s been a terrific partnership between Ford, Multimatic and Chip Ganassi Racing,â€ Ganassi Team Managing Director Mike Hull, told IMSA. â€œOur 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. Weâ€™ve been with them not only at the race tracks but at the factory in Toronto, through the build process. Itâ€™s been pretty complete.â€
Watch the Ford GT racer it do its thing for 50 seconds right hereâ€¦
We are sure there will be much more to come from this car in the future, but itâ€™s definitely great to know that Ford is pushing hard long before racing season starts.
â€œIt feels great to get my first miles in Chip Ganassi Racingâ€™s brand-new car,â€ driver Scott Pruett said to IMSA. â€œWeâ€™ve been working on little things getting it up and goingâ€”slowly sneaking up on it to find what it likesâ€”and doesnâ€™t like. Itâ€™s great to be back at Daytonaâ€”and great to be here in a Ford GT.â€