The Ford GT Shows Its Superiority with Back-to-Back Wins
There’s no stopping the winning Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing Team, specially after scoring two major wins in an equal number of weeks. The NO.67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe conquered the top step of the podium at Watkins Glen and the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
If that wasn’t enough, the the sister Ford GT car of Sebastian Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller won the 24 of Le Mans, making that three overall victories in just three major races. When asked, most of team drivers credited the Micheling tires and exceptional fuel consumption from the Ecoboost engine as key players in their recent victories.
“It was a great call (to only take fuel on the last pit stop),” Westbrook said. “Ryan had to do a hell of a job to hang on in the end and he did great. 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.”
Adding to the success story that is the Chip Ganassi crew, and the Ford EcoBoost’s superiority, Briscoe commented, “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. When we pitted off-strategy before that, with an hour, 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. The call the team made was fantastic. I was just trying to hang on and it worked out.”
The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut next, and with a total of four wins under their belt and a feeling of superiority, the Ford crew is more than anxious to increase that number.