Injured during the free practice at the Indianapolis 500 last year, Sébastien Bourdais was forced to withdraw from the 2017 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year, however, the Le Mans native will rejoin the trio that led Ford to victory in the LMGTE Pro class in 2016, and his replacement, Tony Kanaan, will be back for a second participation as well.
Tony Kanaan's dream of taking the start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans came to fruition last year after Sébastien Bourdais had no choice but to bow out due to his injury. The Brazilian driver, fifth in LMGTE Pro, will make room for the former official Peugeot driver alongside Joey Hand and Dirk Müller in the #68 Ford GT and instead take the wheel of the #67 to replace Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani with Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.
There have been no changes to Ford's other two driver line-ups: Olivier Pla and Stefan Mücke - World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) winners like Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell - will be joined by Billy Johnson in the #66 car, and Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe, who typically compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will once again join forces with Scott Dixon as they did for their win in GTLM at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January (#69).
Ford is fielding four GTs at this year's edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans: the two from the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) representing Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK, and the two from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under the banner of Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA.
PHOTO: Sébastien Bourdais won the LMGTE Pro class with Ford at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.