Published on July 24th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Continues Global Podium Streak at Lime Rock Park
The Ford GT has now made the podium at every race it’s attempted – globally – since Laguna Seca in May.
Co-drivers Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe were a threat to win the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park late in the race, but drove the No. 67 to a third-place finish to extend Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s global podium streak to six.
Westbrook and Briscoe’s win at Laguna Seca, the first win for the new Ford GT, kicked off a streak of three victories in a row for the No. 67 IMSA team, who also won at Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park before finishing third at Lime Rock.
“The run continues,” Westbrook said. “It wasn’t a win, but we should be really proud of ourselves with this podium. It was the first time here for the team in this car, and we weren’t able to test here, so it’s another part of the learning process. To come away still in the hunt for the championship, I’ll take that.”
Westbrook proved a quick study, qualifying p1 for the race on Friday. It was his second pole and the third pole overall for Ford GT (Le Mans, Watkins Glen, Lime Rock).
“It was a really hard-fought race,” Briscoe said. “We had a little first-lap incident that put us at the back of the field, so it was a great fight to get back up to the front.”
The No. 66, which finished where it started at p5, struggled from the start due to contact with another car.