Ford GT race program to shut down operations in 2019

Ford is preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans GT swansong.

Ford will end their four-year commitment to its GT program after Le Mans this coming June, along with their support for all four of its factory Ford GT entries – including the privateer GT owned by Ben Keating. Ford Performance boss Mark Rushbrook expressed his appreciation to Chip Ganassi racing, along with the LeMans event organizers today..

Ford’s WEC and IMSA factory GT program will end in 2019 as reported by Marshall Pruett at RACER. The WEC program will end after this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours and the IMSA program after Petit Le Mans. We discuss what’s next for Ford in sports cars.

“We’d like to thank the ACO for allowing us four GTE-Pro entries for the Le Mans 24 Hours this year,” he said. “The factory Ford GTs have competed as a four-car team the past three seasons, and we believe they have been extremely popular with the fans, so we are thrilled that sports cars fans around the world will get to see them all run together as a team one more year.”

There had been some speculation leading up to this year’s 24 Hours of LeMans, as to whether Ford would officially field all four Ford GT entires.

“It’s an honor to race at Le Mans, and it’s an honor we don’t take for granted,” added Rushbrook, whose four factory entries are expected to feature some form of retro livery. “We can’t wait to get there this year with some special things planned, as well as having our first customer team on the grid with us. It’s going to be a very special race.”

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