Ford GT and Michelin: Behind the scenes
This week, Sportscar365.com took a deep dive on the relationship Michelin has had with the Ford GT race car and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team since the program was launched. The piece was one of the Michelin IMSA Insider pieces done on that site this year.
An excerpt of the piece is here:
“Ford had approached a key Michelin executive in 2013 about working with them on a Mustang-based car for Le Mans.
“The project was subsequently declined by Ford’s board, but a core group of Ford leaders came back with a highly secretive plan to return to Le Mans with a new Ford GT and Michelin was invited into the top-secret tent at a very early stage.
“By spring 2014, Michelin North America motorsport director Chis Baker was meeting regularly with Ford and had assigned John Church to lead Michelin’s tire development for the embryonic Ford GT.”