• Dixon, Bourdais complete Chip Ganassi line-up for Sebring

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    Chip Gannasi Racing is eyeing a better finish at Sebring for its two Ford GTs after both failed to end the race at Daytona. RACINGFORD.COM

    Chip Gannasi Racing is eyeing a better finish at Sebring for its two Ford GTs after both failed to end the race at Daytona. RACINGFORD.COM

    French driver Sébastien Bourdais joins American Joey Hand and German Dirk Müller in the No. 66 Ford GT, while New Zealander Scott Dixon will be paired with Australian Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, of England, in the No. 67 Ford GT, to complete the line-up of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in the 64th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by “Fresh from Florida.”

    The new iteration of the iconic GT will mark the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1-2-3 sweep of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Ford GT40.

    Ford GT has three overall wins at Sebring (1966, 1967 and 1969).

    “It’s exciting to continue with Sébastien Bourdais at the 12 Hours of Sebring,” said Ganassi Managing Director Mike Hull. “The addition of Scott Dixon to our Ford Performance GT lineup enhances the depth chart. To have six high-caliber drivers who unselfishly know how to share with each other supports the momentum for the next step in North America. Our culture is about drivers, who as teammates hand the car to the next as they would like to receive it.”

    Ganassi’s team won the 2014 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in the Prototype category with Ford EcoBoost power in their very first attempt. This year will mark the team’s first attempt at victory in the race’s GT Le Mans category. In addition to Sebring, the team has captured seven International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) championship titles, 46 wins and has six overall victories at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

    Dixon has been a permanent fixture at Chip Ganassi Racing Teams for 14 years and has been on the Rolex 24 At Daytona roster since the team’s inception in 2004. The four-time and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion (2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015) and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner was a part of the 2006 and 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning teams for the team. Dixon holds the distinction of being the winningest active Indy car driver with 38 victories, which ranks him fifth on the all-time win list.

    Bourdais started competing in karting at the age of 10 and progressed to single-seat cars in 1995. After moving to the United States to compete in Champ Car with Newman/Haas Racing in 2003, Bourdais won four consecutive driver championships (2004-2007). He made the move to Formula One in 2008 and joined Scuderia Toro Rosso, where he competed in 27 races over two seasons. The French driver joined the Verizon IndyCar Series full time in 2012 and has recorded three wins over the past four seasons. Bourdais has four wins in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and co-drove the winning Prototype entry in the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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