Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Ford GT is Dialed In


After being plagued with mechanical, electronic errors and driver mistakes the Ford GT has shaken off the Gremlins and exploded to the front. The design of the GT was like the Pentagon working with NASA on a flight mission, Ford held meetings after hours with nothing on the books and no schedule added to the calendar where others would notice. The design room was on lock down with a padlock where normal key-cards would be used for access by operational managers but were locked out.  A hand full of engineers only knew of the project and kept it in secrecy with a desire to relive Le Mans 50 years later.  Well, Ford and Chip Ganassi swept their class LMGTE with 1, 3, 4 placement at the 84th running of Le Mans 24 Hours, that 2nd position went to the fierce warrior Ferrari.

Highlights of the 2016 Le Mans with all the incidents, battles, crashes and overtakes. No commentary, just pure sound.

Motorsport TV

 

2016 P/GTLM Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix 

Westbrook in No. 67 Ford GT brings a big win for the Ford team at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

IMSA Official

 

Part 2 - 2016 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen

The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT Le Mans (GTLM) program was the first 1-2 finish for the team, did I hear winning ugly?  The Ganassi Ford team is second in the standings. Richard Westbrook qualified on the class pole position and produced the fastest lap time of 1 min 41.301 @ 120.8 mph in No. 67 Ford GT shattering the previous record of 1 min 44.084 @117.6 mph set by Andy Priaulx with BMW Team RLL in 2014. 

Westbrook is no stranger to sports car racing. The British-driver has recorded eight wins, including the 2013 12 Hours of Sebring, the 2014 and 2015 Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, and eight poles over his nine-year sports car career.

Chip Ganassi Racing

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