Way back in 1966—after two unsuccessful attempts to beat Ferrari at its own game—the Ford Motor Company scored an impressive win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Last June, the Blue Oval returned to La Sarthe for a repeat performance, finishing first and third in class (bookending a Ferrari in the process). The company is hoping that was no one-off, and it will be back again this year with a four-car effort, hoping to make it two for two. That race takes place between June 17 and 18, but ahead of the event we caught up with one of Ford’s racing drivers, Joey Hand, to find out how the preparation has been going and his thoughts on competing in one of our favorite races of the year.
Hand has raced in a ton of different series but appears to be enjoying racing in the factory-backed GTE-Pro and GTLM (in IMSA’s series) class. “It’s one of the most competitive things I’ve done,” he told Ars. “You have two factory drivers all the time, so it makes for good, tough fights.”