Keating confirms Wynn’s backing for Ford GT at Le Mans
The Keating Motorsports GTE-Am entered Ford GT is ready to run a retro Wynn’s livery on the Le Mans 24 Hours this June, including to the Wynn’s-backed Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 program he runs in IMSA (pictured).
Crew boss Ben Keating, who’s effort is the primary buyer program for the GT, has excessive hopes for his first race together with his new automotive, and is worked up by the prospect of working a standout paint scheme within the race.
“Wynn’s has an enormous presence in France — it’s an enormous marketplace for them, so it’s nice to carry that to the race,” mentioned the Texan. “The reception from the livery in IMSA has been big — everybody loves it, so I can’t wait to see what the followers consider it in France — the purple, the pink, the orange are going to look nice on the GT.”
As a result of his group is the one group working a GT in GTE Am this yr, Keating says this yr’s journey to La Sarthe will really feel very completely different.
<h2 class="related__header">Extra Le Mans/WEC!</h2><a category="block block--related" href="https://racer.com/2019/03/13/lopez-flyer-puts-no-7-toyota-top-in-night-sebring-practice/" data-track="-in-article-related-auto"><h2 class="block__title">Lopez flyer places No. 7 Toyota high in night time Sebring follow</h2><h2 class="block__title">Nakajima leads first WEC ‘Tremendous Sebring’ follow</h2><h2 class="block__title">Van der Zande, Garcia amongst drivers getting ready for ‘Tremendous Sebring’ double responsibility</h2></apart> <p>“This will likely be my fifth Le Mans. However it will likely be a novel expertise. Earlier than I’ve been in an LMP2 automotive and most followers don’t have a reference to a Gibson engine or Ligier for instance, and even in a Ferrari, there have been hundreds on the grid. This yr I’ll be in the one Ford within the GTE Am class. I even have an enormous connection to Ford by means of my dealerships, and the GT having a lot historical past at Le Mans, makes it particular. It’s like once I went with a Viper, the fan reception was so good.</p> <p>“I may have gone again to Le Mans this yr in a Ferrari, however I don’t promote these — I need to race what I promote.”</p> <p>Keating has already examined the automotive at Sebring, and had a really constructive first run. The automotive — which is the 2016 IMSA Ganassi chassis that received the automotive’s first race globally at Laguna Seca that yr — will now be shipped to Europe for Le Mans; no additional testing is deliberate earlier than the Le Mans Take a look at Day itself.</p> <p>“The following time I drive it I’ll be at Le Mans!” he advised RACER. “After we examined three weeks in the past, we (Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga) all drove and hung out personal the Ford simulator in North Carolina. We did a full day and it was superior. I’ve pushed numerous kinds of GT vehicles and often they really feel comparable within the GT3 specification field, however it's drastically completely different.</p> <p>“It doesn’t have a lot energy, it has a low heart of gravity. It’s a momentum automotive, fairly than a degree and shoot. It drives extra like a formulation automotive — which is why I perceive why drivers get so offended if we maintain them up!”</p> <p>Past Le Mans, Keating says there’s no plans but for any further races with the automotive.</p> <p>“We’re speaking about numerous completely different choices,” he mentioned. “I can say that I'm taking a look at it, learning it, however we have to get by means of Le Mans first. Nothing is deliberate but, as what now we have in June is such an enormous deal.”</p>