It’s lately become really popular with retro designs in motorsport.
Porsche won 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018 with a design from 1971, and at the upcoming Daytona 24 hours race we have Riley Motorsports – Team AMG #33 running a design from 1987.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing appeared at the ROAR test with two pale white cars, which instantly opened up for the speculations, since they have been running the classic red and blue colours ever since 2016, in a more or less shiny gradient.
Now they have revealed what the plans are – at least for the 57th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
#66 with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sebastien Bourdais will run the Motocraft colours, which Rouch Racing won the race with in 1985. They didn’t run a Ford GT back then, but a Ford Mustang.
#67 with Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon will be running Castrol colours on the car, to celebrate their long-time partner in motorsport, no matter if it’s circuit racing or rally.
The team are double defending winners at Daytona, with #66 wining in 2017, and the sister car in 2018. It was even a 1-2 victory in 2018, where the two cars with the blue oval on the front were totally dominant in the otherwise close GTLM category.
The livery is only planned for the Daytona race so far – but there is nothing mention regarding the rest of the season in their press release.
The opening race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be run on 26-27 January 2019.