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Ford Partners With VI to Bring 7 Le Mans Winning GTLM's to Laguna Seca

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 Velocity Invitational will host seven of the eight Ford GTLM GTE Pro race cars at our inaugural event taking place at WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway November 12-14, 2021. The race-winning cars will be on display in the paddock and will also run demonstration laps at full track speed with racing driver Joey Hand, the LM GTE Pro class winner with Ford at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, behind the wheel. This marks the first reunion of the Ford GTLM GTE Pro race cars, five years after the historic 2016 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
 
The Ford GTs competed for four seasons (2016-2019) in both IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship under the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing banner. Besides the historic 2016 Le Mans victory, which came 50 years to the day of Ford’s first win at Le Mans in 1966, the cars scored 18 other victories, including back to back Rolex 24 at Daytona IMSA GTLM wins in 2017-2018.
 
“Ford has always been a driving force in American racing and we couldn’t be more excited to host this unprecedented reunion of the GT LM GTE Pro race cars at our event,” said Velocity Invitational founder Jeff O’Neill. “From the legendary cars that came out of Carroll Shelby’s shop in the 1960s to the modern day Ford GT LM GTE Pro car which took a class victory at Le Mans in 2016, we will have some of the marque’s most revered race cars in the pits and on the track this year. This is sure to be a sight no Ford fan will want to miss.”
 
Also attending Velocity Invitational will be the 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe known at the time as Carroll Shelby’s "secret weapon." CSX2286 was built specifically for the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans and is the last of only six Daytona Coupes built. It will be racing on track alongside eight genuine Shelby Cobras. The event will also showcase iconic vintage Ford Mustangs such as the Shelby GT350, the 1970 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am raced by Parnelli Jones and George Follmer and the Shelby Trans Am Mustang. An original Ford GT40 will also take part in the event.
 
Tickets for the all new Velocity Invitational are moving fast, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, it would be wise to act fast! We only have a limited number of tickets left and prices are set to increase October 20th. Trust us, this event is not to be missed and if we sell out tickets will not be available at the gate.
Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

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