15 Mar 2016

Dixon to make Le Mans debut

6:50 am on 15 March 2016

It's been confirmed that the New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in June.

New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon.

New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The four-time IndyCar champion will drive one of the four Chip Ganassi Ford GT's at the event.

Dixon will race the new Ford GT for the first time in this weekend's Sebring 12 Hours in Florida alongside Englishman Richard Westbrook and Australian Ryan Briscoe.

On the teams website Dixon said "I'm excited to make my Le Mans debut in the Ford GT."

"I've been in the car a few times in testing so I know we have a great race car here. Like any driver it is a dream come true for me to race at Le Mans and I can't wait to get started," he said.

"The history of Ford at Le Mans is very well documented and I'm proud to be part of this very special programme."

This year is the 50th anniversary of Ford's first Le Mans win in 1966 with Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon driving a black GT40.