During this morning’s World Endurance Championship press conference, FIA Endurance Commission President Sir Lindsay Owen Jones said “Ford has already announced their return to Le Mans, but not the WEC officially, but I think Gerard [Neveu] will be able to convince them to come back.” Oh, really? Ford has sort of admitted as such, though various quotes, confirmations, and other hum-hawing about the topic. But, you know, this gives a bit more legitimacy to that announcement. Just a bit. Automobile Club l’Ouest Sporting Director Vincent Beaumesnil mentioned the 24 Hours of Le Mans expanding to sixty pits in the future, which is a huge field. The sport is growing, and super happy about the new manufacturers coming in. Here’s the moment where Jones lets it slip: We already know that Ford said at NAIAS that they could have the Ford GT ready to race as soon as this year, likely racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar series. A return to Le Mans has been assumed to be set for 2016—fifty years after the Ford GT40’s historic 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans—but Ford has been coy about releasing any details about that. Chip Ganassi Racing is rumored to be leading Ford’s… Read full this story
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