The New Ford GT Will Make Its Racing Debut in January

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Whether facing a rival in a go kart or another driver in a multi-million dollar machine, racers experience a force aside from speed: pressure. Not just the kind their helmets place on their melons, either. They feel the pressure of nailing the right driving line, not hitting a wall and wiping themselves and other drivers out, and beating their opponents.

Drivers Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Dirk Muller, and Joey Hand will be subjected to those pressures and another one that’s been building for half a century. Those men will be driving the next-generation Ford GT racecar in next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the Rolex 24 in Daytona Beach, Florida in January.

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As if that’s not enough to deal with, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Ford taking the first, second, and third place trophies home from Le Mans. Next June, another team of drivers will be flying across France in the LM GTE Pro class of that legendary endurance event.

Even if Ford’s team goes all the way in 2016 (and doesn’t turn into a bunch of diamonds), it’ll have even more to live up to. After 1966, Ford won Le Mans the next three years in a row.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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