Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will race at this year’s LeMans 24 Hours in the No.69 Ford GT Ganassi car.
The New Zealander who began the defense of his IndyCar title at the weekend competing in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet will be joined in the 69 by Ryan Briscoe.
Speaking about the opportunity to race at the LeMans 24 Hours, Dixon who finished seventh at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg commented by saying:
For once I’m the rookie as this will be my first Le Mans, I’m excited to make my Le Mans debut in the Ford GT. I’ve been in the car a few times in testing so I know we have a great race car here. Like any driver it is a dream come true for me to race at Le Mans and I can’t wait to get started. The history of Ford at Le Mans is very well documented and I’m proud to be part of this very special programme.
Dixon and fellow IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais will race for Chip Ganassi at this weekend’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring as the Verizon IndyCar Series doesn’t race again until Phoenix at the start of April.
Speaking about their LeMans project, Chip Ganassi stated:
Personally and as an organisation we are thrilled to be racing at Le Mans this year, As a driver I raced there once back in 1987 and I have been looking to get back there ever since. To be going with Ford and the new GT makes it all the more special and the talent assembled in this driver line-up just adds to the anticipation.
This year’s LeMans 24 Hours takes place on the 18/19 June, the weekend after the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway where Dixon won last year and Road America which takes place on June 26.