Rumours of Ford rejoining IndyCar have again been put to rest by Ford. The rumours, which last circulated in 2014, where denied by Ford Performance director Dave Pericak, who stated that, Ford would only support a full factory backed or works supported programmes that have a direct impact on its road car range, such as its GT super car or Fiesta in World Rallying and Rally cross.
Historically Ford has won the Indy 500 in 1996 with Buddy Lazier for Reynard and in 1995, the last year before the CART Series split, with future F1 champ, Jacques Villeneuve for Team Green.
A third manufacturer in IndyCar would be very much welcome as the series currently only has two engine suppliers, Honda and Chevrolet, competing for the Manufacturer’s Championship. While Ford have a relationship with championship winners Chip Ganassi Racing in both Le Mans and Daytona, Ganassi has signed a multiyear deal with Honda making a Ford return unlikely as they would most likely want to sign one of the sport’s top teams.
While the sports engine supply has improved after Chevrolet rejoined in 2012, prior to this all the teams used Honda; it is hoped that more manufacturers will join.
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