Ford Scores Three Wins & Seven Podiums in 2014
It has been an up and down year for the EcoBoost in the Tudor United Sports Car Championships’ Prototype class. However, with a win at Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas and a third at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Ford brought home three wins and seven podiums in 2014.
Scott Pruett lead the charge at the Circuit of the Americas, the penultimate round for the Tudor United Sports Car Championships, however he didn’t feel that the car didn’t have the fight it put into the race.
“We knew the finish was going to be tight (on fuel),” said Pruett, “We didn’t have the pace, but we thought we would have a lot more of a fighting chance by stretching it to just doing two stops. At the same time you have to go fast. We looked at what we needed to do and went back and forth with the team and basically decided I was going to get as much fuel mileage as I could, go as fast as I could, until I could see the 5 car gain ground on me.”
However, traffic worked out in their favor for the win at the Lone Star Le Mans.
Then, it was a rough finale at Road Atlanta for the Petite Le Mans. “We were running strong and actually chasing down the 10 car, or at least pacing them at that point in time,” said Pruett, who handed the reins to Rojas in p2 of the 10-hour Petite Le Mans.
“It was unfortunate Memo got ran into. The result may not have been different, but it would’ve been a lot more exciting. We would’ve been on the lead lap. We would’ve been fighting the fight. We had good pace. It seemed like when it cooled down we were actually picking up speed, which was a good thing. Overall, three wins (in the season) is great. Unfortunately we had more DNF’s than we would have liked.”
At the end of the season, Ford finishes second in the Manufacturer’s Championship, Chip Ganassi Racing finishes fourth (01 car) and fourteenth (02 car), Scott Pruett finishes fourth while his teammate in the 01 car, Memo Rojas, finishes seventh.
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