2016 World Endurance Championship. Banbury, England Ford GT Launch. 5th January 2016. Photo: Drew Gibson.

Championship-winning sportscar driver Stefan Mücke was one of the first drivers signed by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing for its return to the Le Mans 24 Hours. The German driver will compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship but he actually makes his race debut in the Ford GT in just over a week at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He joins the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA team as the third driver in the #67 Ford GT for the 24 hour race.

Mücke started his career in go-karts and single-seaters before honing his craft in the German DTM series.  After eight years with Aston Martin, during which time he has won many of sportscar racing’s biggest events, Stefan switches to Ford for 2016 to take on the challenge of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours.

“Le Mans is a very special race for every driver.” said  Mücke. “It is the one that we all want to win because it is such a difficult thing to do.  I have come close in the past and now I hope that with Ford we can go all the way.”

“We’re coming and we want to win but nobody has been sleeping over the winter.  Ferrari made a new car and also the other manufacturers have all stepped up too with upgrades on their cars.”

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2015

FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing (GTE Pro class)
Nürburgring 24 Hours in Aston Martin GT3
Third place overall in Bathurst 12 Hour
Third place in FIA GT World Cup in Macau

2014

FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing (GTE Pro class) – Wins at COTA and Interlagos and podiums at Silverstone and Bahrain. Sixth place at Le Mans 24 Hours
Fifth place at Nürburgring 24 Hours in Aston Martin GT3

2013

Third place in FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing (GTE Pro class) with three wins and two further podium finishes
Third place in the Le Mans 24 Hours (GTE Pro class)
Three wins in the GT Asia Series
Top 10 at Nürburgring 24 Hours in Aston Martin GT3

2012

Second place in FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing (GTE Pro class) with a win and six podium finishes
Third place and fastest lap in the Le Mans 24 Hours (GTE Pro class)

2011

FIA GT1 World Championship with Young Driver AMR team.  Runner-up in championship with a win and six further podium finishes
American Le Mans Series with Aston Martin Racing LMP1 – first place at Laguna Seca and third at Petit Le Mans
Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin Racing LMP1

2010

Le Mans Series – two races in Aston Martin Racing LMP1 – second place at Paul Ricard
Third place at Sebring 12 Hours in Aston Martin Racing LMP1
Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin Racing LMP1 – sixth place overall (after gearbox problems) and fastest petrol engine car in qualifying

2009

Championship winner: Le Mans Series in the Aston Martin Racing LMP1 with two wins and three further podiums
Fourth overall in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the Aston Martin Racing LMP1
Two races in the Asian Le Mans Series – one win, one third place in Aston Martin Racing LMP1
Czech Long Distance Championship in DTM Mercedes C-Class – Vice Champion

2008

Le Mans Series in the Aston Martin Racing LMP1 with two podium finishes. Fastest non-diesel car in qualifying and race at every round
Le Mans 24 Hours in the Aston Martin Racing LMP1 – ninth place overall
Winner of VLN 2 in Aston Martin GT3
Championship winner: Czech Long Distance Championship in DTM Mercedes C-Class (3500 ccm class) with four victories and a second place

2007: First season in sportscar racing

Competed in 24 races, taking podium finishes in 13 of them, with seven victories. Including Le Mans 24 Hours (5th place in LMP1 – awarded Best Rookie), Le Mans Series, FIA GT and ALMS

2002 – 2006: Works driver for Mercedes Benz in DTM

2004: Best year-old car driver of season. Only year-old car driver to score points
2005: Mücke Motorsport enters the DTM, changes to be works driver for Mücke Motorsport
2006: Works driver for Mercedes Benz DTM – Team Mücke Motorsport. Best results with a year-old car: fourth at Norisring and seventh at Nürburgring

2001

Runner-up in International German Formula 3 Championship with the most podium places (11) of all drivers

2000

Fifth place in International German Formula 3 Championship

1999: Mercedes Junior Team

Ninth place in the International German Formula 3 Championship
Second place in ‘Rookie of the Year’ standings (three points behind winner)
Awarded ‘Rookie of the Year by MSA (German Motorsport Paper)

1998

BMW Formula ADAC Champion with 15 victories in 20 races
Rookie of the Year

1997

Winner of the Formula BMW ADAC racing driver training course in Zolder and Zandvoort

1995 – 1997: Go-karting