Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona has traditionally gone for its usual sports car drivers in one car and its remaining drivers from its NASCAR Sprint Cup and Verizon IndyCar Series programs to fill out the roster.
This year, with four cars to fill between two new Ford GTs in the GT Le Mans class and two Riley-Ford DPs, there’s a slightly different path taken.
As expected, the usual two IndyCar and two NASCAR drivers – and defending overall winners – Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray will be in the No. 02 Riley-Ford.
Meanwhile the No. 01 car will feature Canadian teenager Lance Stroll alongside Brendon Hartley, Andy Priaulx and Alex Wurz, the latter coming out of retirement at least for one race to make his Rolex 24 at Daytona race debut.
“We’re proud to have the defending Prototype Champions from last year, along with the excitement worldwide with the reintroduction of the Ford GT. I think we’ve built a very strong effort for the 2016 race in the Prototype class, which gives us two more solid chances to get to victory lane,” said team owner Chip Ganassi.
Notably absent from the DP lineups are Charlie Kimball, Ganassi’s third IndyCar driver, and Sage Karam, Ganassi’s fourth IndyCar driver from this past year. Only Kimball of those two is set to continue into 2016.
The team’s two Ford GTs have their first lineups set, with Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller in the No. 66 car and Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook in the No. 67 car, with endurance extra drivers to be named later.