KI­WIS BACK

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There’s set to be a Kiwi GT40 come­back at the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans this June: Ford’s driver line-up for the event in­cludes Kiwi driver Scott Dixon. Ford Chip Ganassi Rac­ing has as­sem­bled its tal­ented team of driv­ers from across the globe, ready for its re­turn to the event — 50 years af­ter tak­ing out­right vic­tory with Ki­wis be­hind the wheel. Each of the four Ford GTs will have a team of three driv­ers to take on the de­mands of the race, which will take place from June 18 to 19. Scott has been paired up with Richard West­brook, an English­man, and Ryan Briscoe, an Aus­tralian, in the No. 69 car. “For once, I’m the rookie, as this will be my first Le Mans,” said Dixon. “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 [that] 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.” “Per­son­ally and as an or­ga­ni­za­tion, we are thrilled to be rac­ing at Le Mans this year,” added Chip Ganassi. “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.”

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