“First on Race Day”
This painting was inspired by the Ford GT and Chip Ganassi Racing’s performance with this second recreation of the iconic Ford GT40. An American race team dominating in an iconic American race car on a background of the United States of America flag.
Ford Motor Company, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show and at the unveiling of the 2015 racing video game Forza Motorsport 6, a new, redesigned Ford GT was shown to the public with plans for production in 2016. The car marked 50 years since the GT40 won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and competed successfully in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans to better celebrate the anniversary, winning the LMGTE Pro class.
On 12 June 2015, at Le Mans, it was announced that Ford will return to the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 with a factory-supported, four-car effort operating as Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. The cars will be campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and by Multimatic Motorsports Europe in the FIA World Endurance Championship under the Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK banner.
With the Chip Ganassi teams racing their GT, Ford has had podium wins in the FIA GT manufacturer’s category both years that it has competed. The 2018 season has been quite successful:
Other drivers have included: Lance Stroll, Alexander Wurz, Brendon Hartley, Andy Priaulx, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Stefan Mücke, Richard Westbrook, Olivier Pla, Stefan Mücke, Billy Johnson, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell.
Earlier this year, Ford Motor Company confirmed it was terminating the GT program with the close of the 2019 season.
The original and reproductions are available, as are these fine items featuring Son of Indy’s “First on Race Day” original.