No. 67 Ford GT Gets Second Straight Win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing is on a roll. One week after the team of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe piloted the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT to the checkered flag at 6 Hours of The Glen and three weeks after Ford took the GTE Pro class victory at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, Westbrook and Briscoe won their second consecutive race with a victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The No. 67 car won by virtue of opting only to fuel up on its final pit spot, trusting its Michelin tires to carry it to victory and saving precious seconds in the process.
“We had a good car. We didn’t have the fastest car,” said Westbrook, who qualified and started the No. 67 at p3. “I think when you can come away with the victory when you’re not the fastest car, it just shows you the strength and depth we have at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.”
“I don’t think we were the quickest car out there this weekend, but it was great to get the win on strategy and consistency,” Briscoe said. “When we pitted off-strategy before that, with an hour and 20 minutes to go, we thought we’d go all the way to the end on those tires. We were out of the window on fuel, but we thought if we caught some yellows and save fuel we’d be able to make it.
“We got that short yellow, but that wasn’t going to put us in the window on fuel, Briscoe added. “Everyone else pitted under green after that. We saw we had the opportunity to take a splash of fuel to be safe and come out with the lead still, with a little bit of a gap. The call the team made was fantastic. I was just trying to hang on and it worked out.”
“Ryan had to do a hell of a job to hang on in the end and he did great,” Westbrook added. “We’re just delighted that we have this momentum. Winning does become a habit they say, and it feels like it now. It’s pretty surreal.”
The Ford GT has now won four races, including three wins from the No. 67 car and its team.
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