The No. 67 Ford GT ‘Super Car’ took Laguna Seca by storm, winning its first race of the season in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, GTLM class. Roush Yates Engines, working in partnership with Ford Performance powered the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team to a first place podium finish in the Continental Monterey Grand Prix.
Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, drivers of the No. 67 Ford GT started from P2 and never looked back. Both Ford GT cars showed great pace, posting strong times during practice sessions leading up to race day. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing teams managed their fuel and tires around the 2.238 mile track and stayed clean through the notorious ‘Corkscrew’ corners. Both teams ran a one pit stop fuel strategy. In the final two minutes Joey Hand, driver of the No. 66 had to pit for a splash of fuel and finished sixth.
Briscoe and Westbrook showed driver skill and patience were key to win the battle off the start finish line to get a clean start and execute the fuel management strategy put in place. Westy drove the No. 67 across the finish line to take the historic checkered flag for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team.
“Within minutes of each other Sunday, the Ford GT captured its first IMSA win at Laguna Seca and Ford Fusion claimed victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway.” Raj Nair, executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer, Ford Motor Company commented on the day.
Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance engineering teams have partnered together to develop the optimal engine package for the twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 race engine, by leveraging the fuel economy and performance technologies of the production twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine. This engine coupled with the Ford GT aerodynamics package contributed to the overall vehicle performance.
“This has been a historic weekend,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates. “I am so proud of the Roush Yates Engines and Ford Performance teams for building the winning twin turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 engine that powered the Ford GT to their 1st win today. This is a milestone day for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines winning in both IMSA and NASCAR series”.
The Ford GTs showed racing potential, putting it all together in the 4th race of the season to find the victory circle for Ford Performance, giving them momentum going to Le Mans.
WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Schedule:
July 3: Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, NY
July 8-10: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – Bowmanville, Ontario
July 22-23: Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, CT
August 5-7: Road America – Elkhart Lake, WI
August 26-28: Virginia International Raceway – Danville, VA
Sept.14-18: Circuit of the Americas – Austin, TX
Sept. 28-Oct.1: Road Atlanta – Braselton, GA