Ford sets celebration liveries for its Le Mans finale

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Ford unveils the celebration liveries that will be worn by the factory cars in the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans race | Ford photos

Ford will celebrate its past victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race with special liveries for its entries in the 2019 twice-‘round-the-clock event, scheduled for June 15-16.

Ford has announced that the 2019 race will be the last for its current factory GT racing program, thus what it is calling the “Au Revoir” (“Until we meet again”) color schemes for its cars.

Chip Ganassi Racing again will contest the 24-hour race with four factory-supported Ford GT cars. 

The No. 66 car will wear a primarily black celebration livery inspired by the Ford GT40 that Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon drove to victory at Le Mans in 1966. The 66 will be driven at Le Mans by Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson.

The No. 67 car will bear the red and white colors of the Ford GT40 that Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt drove to victory in 1967. Drivers this year are Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito.

The No. 68 car represents Ford’s 2016 victory with Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais in the same colors they had three years ago.

The No. 69 will have an updated livery inspired by the Ford GT40 that was second in Ford’s 1-2-3 sweep in 1966. Drivers this year will be Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook.

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A fifth Ford GT will wear Wynn’s colors for non-factory team

In addition, the Ford GT No. 85 car competing in the GTE Am class by Keating Motorsports, will wear an updated version of its sponsor, Wynn’s, corporate colors.

“In 2016, Ford returned to Le Mans to mark the 50th anniversary of our incredible 1966 win and we celebrated in the best way possible by winning the race,” said Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company executive chairman. “To stand on that podium on behalf of the employees was a proud moment for me and I look forward returning to Le Mans this year to support the team as we approach our final race in this chapter.”

“The Ford GT was created to take Ford back to the world of GT endurance racing,” added Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “This factory Ford GT program has been a great success for our brand and we have enjoyed the many challenges that have come our way during this four-year program. 

“Le Mans is not quite the end of the factory program,” he added, “as we still have many more IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races to go in 2019.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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