Ford GT Factory Program Ends With Petit Le Mans Podium
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing No. 67 Ford GT made sure that the supercar’s return to racing ended on a high note. Drivers Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe, and Scott Dixon piloted the car to a second-place GTLM finish earlier this month at the Petit Le Mans race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, finishing the Ford GT factory program off with its 48th podium finish in four years.
The Ford GT returned to the track in 2016 with one goal in mind: repeat history and win Le Mans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s win over Ferrari. And that was just what the Ford GT did when the No. 68 car took the checkered flag at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, fending off the No. 82 Risi Completizione Ferrari 488 for the victory.
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In the years since, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT earned 19 wins and 48 podiums across the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship. With its finish at Petit Le Mans, Ford took home the driver, team, and manufacturer titles in the Michelin IMSA Endurance Cup, solidifying its place among the ages.
The No. 66 car driven by Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sébastien Bourdais qualified fifth for Petit Le Mans and finished the race in eighth.
“Although we would have liked to end it with a win, there’s no question our guys gave it all they had today,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance, Motorsports. “Both cars had great pace, and we battled to the very end. It was the nature of this team and this Ford GT program from the start — to find a way to be competitive no matter what. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved, including our great partners Ganassi, Multimatic, Roush Yates, and Michelin. We could not have had the success we had in this program without them.”
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