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The GTE Pro Class winner with Ford in Enduro, France in 2016 will return to the endurance race with Cadillac at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season this weekend. Prior to, he revealed Le Mans’ desire.

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 at GT Le Mans in 2016-19 and returned to the top flight of North American sports car racing after four seasons of one-year sabbatical in 2020. Cadillac DPi-VR Daytona Prototype International is in full operation. Kevin Magnussen and Ranger van der Zande’s IMSA campaign. The pair will be joined by Scott Dixon, the six-time IndyCar Champion of Ganassi, in the Rolex 24. Scott Dixon has already won 4 Daytona (3 overall, 1 GTLM).

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 organizer 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 expanded to sports car racing in 2004 with the Grand-Am series. The Riley Daytona prototype with Lexus, BMW and Ford engines has won a total of six Daytona wins.

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.

The Ford GT, run by Chip Ganassi Racing, won the GTE Pro Class at Le Mans in 2016, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and local hero Sebastien Bode in control.

Photo: Alexander Trienitz

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Ganassi considers LMDh, complete victory at Le Mans

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