Ford GT Gets Its Maiden Victory at Laguna Seca
It was the moment that Ford, Chip Ganassi, and millions of fans worldwide had been waiting for all year, and it happened at the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The no. 66 Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT piloted by Richard Westbrook and veteran Indycar driver, Ryan Briscoe, tackled the GTLM class to get the 2017 Ford GT its first motorsport win at any level since 1950.
On a warm day where the opposition seemed to suffer from mechanical failures, wrecks, and pure bad luck, the Ford GTs manage to avoid misfortune, and in fact, capitalized on others’ problems. What was set to be a Mazda take-over at their home racetrack, the Mazda Prototypes suffered from bad pit-stops, mechanical failures and driver errors, which helped the Fords drive away into the sunset and to the checkered flag.
Both Briscoe and Westbrook praised the Ford GT’s fuel-economy, as they crossed the line basically running on fumes, and not only meeting, but exceeding the target lap and fuel consumption set by the team engineers during their last stop. In the end, Westbrook managed to squeeze an incredible 52 racing laps out of a full tank of fuel.
Could the EcoBoost’s fuel-efficiency be the secret for future wins? Only time will tell…