Ford Beats Ferrari at Their Own Game. Again…
Join me in chanting: U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! The boys in blue have done it again!
Fifty years after the Ferrari vs Ford feud climaxed with the Ford GT sweep at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ford Performance and Chip Ganassi racing machines have claimed the top podium at one of the world’s most famous races.
The No. 68 Ford GT driven by Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdain took the win of the GTE-Pro class at the 2016 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the No. 69 and No. 67 coming in third and fourth. Unlike that drizzly 1966 morning, the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE managed to squeeze into second place and split the Ford trio.
In fact, in what seems to be a case of “let’s all hate on Ford,” the No. 68 car was handed a 50-second added time post-race penalty for ‘speeding in a slow zone’—a complaint filed by the opposing Risi Competizione team. Of course, Ford had an ace up their sleeve, and fired back by saying that the Ferrari race car had a malfunctioning number board, which is mandated to work and be lit up at all times.
In the end, the class win is retained by Mueller and his Ford Performance and Chip Ganassi crew, and the all the Ford drivers made the historic walk to the podium, as it can be seen by this photo from Scott Dixon.
Today, history was made!
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Photos via: [Sportscar 365 & Scott Dixon]