Ford borrows from Mazda

It’s big mix and match time at Sebring, when both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will run on the track in two weeks time.

A lot of the drivers will be on double duties, and another driver has been added to that list now, having to wear two driver suits.

Jonathan Bomarito will be driving for Mazda Team Joest #55 in the IMSA championship, but has got a bonus job at Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK in the FIA WEC race in #67, which he will share with Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx. By the way – Bomarito and Tincknell shares the car in IMSA too.

Billy Johnson will once again race in #66 together with Olivier Pla – who is the third member in #55 in IMSA – and Stefan Mücke.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67
Photo: JJ Media

But how come that Ford borrows a Mazda driver? Ford and Mazda isn’t the same company anymore…

Yes and no – Multimatic is building both the Mazda DPi car plus the Ford GT. So the two brands still have something in common.

We don’t know yet if Bomarito will be racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June – but that is also depending on Ford getting 2, 3 or 4 cars in the race, and if some of the IMSA drivers don’t have a car to drive in June – or if they need the full cast in France.

The Sebring races will run on Friday 15 March (FIA WEC) and Saturday 16 March (IMSA).

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