Chip Ganassi Racing has the ambition to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and bid for a complete victory when the new LMDh category is launched.
The GTE Pro Class winner with Ford in Enduro, France in 2016 will return to the endurance race with Cadillac at the 24 Hours of Daytona, which will open the 2021 IMSA Sportscar Championship season this weekend. Le Mans ahead of the first race. Revealed the desire of.
Mike Hull, Managing Director of Ganassi, told Autosport: “We consider Le Mans to be one of the largest motorsport events in the world and hope to return with LMDh someday.
“Now we are at the bottom of what we can do, but we want to be in a position to do it when we can count the time.
“I would like to go to Le Mans with a chance to win the overall championship, but in the meantime, I will do my best to do my best in the IMSA series.”
Ganassi represented Ford in the IMSA GT Le Mans class in 2016-19 and returned to the top flight of North American athlete races four seasons after a year of sabbatical in 2020.
The Cadillac DPi-VR Daytona Prototype International is being run in a complete IMSA campaign by Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande with Ganassi IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson in Daytona.
Hull described LMDh as “globally important.” This is because the LMP2-based hybrid, which will race at IMSA from 2023, will be able to compete with Le Mans in the World Endurance Championship.
“The fact that the car club de Roest [the Le Mans organiser and WEC promoter] And IMSA is working on having a package of rules that allows the convergence of the race to be the most important aspect of what is happening, “he explained.
“We want to take part in the prototype race in the hope that it will be part of what will happen in 2023.”
It’s unclear if Ganassi can do that in Cadillac or other General Motors brands.
GM is participating in the LMDh rulemaking process, but has not yet promised to continue IMSA’s premier class beyond the life of the DPi category at the end of 2022.
Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM Sports Car Program Manager, said: “We are attending a conference of IMSAL MDh manufacturers.
“The LMDh concept presented by ACO and IMSA is fascinating.
“Internally, we evaluate whether the program makes sense from a marketing perspective as to where the future of road cars is heading for the brand.”
The Indianapolis-based Ganassi organization, which also participates in IndyCar and NASCAR, expanded to the Grand-Am series of sports car races in 2004.
The Riley Daytona prototype with Lexus, BMW and Ford engines has won a total of six complete Daytona victories.
The team also recorded consecutive wins in the class by participating in the Ford GT program for four years in the 2017-18 24 Hours of Le Mans and participating in Le Mans each year.
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