The three Ford GTs of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing finished Saturday’s 2017 12 Hours of Sebring in 2nd, 4th and 5th in the GTLM class.
The No. 66 GT of Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais was the highest finishing Ford, with the No. 67 ride of Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon was fourth.
The three GTs were all running towards the front of the GTLM pack for the majority of the race, however the No. 66 and No. 67 carswere then P3 and P4 with just 30 minutes remaining in the race – a bad sign for the Blue Oval. The team then caught a break when the No. 911 Porsche 911 ran over its air hose in the pits and receive a drive-thru penalty, ruining the Porsche’s chance at 2nd place and moving the GTs into P2 and P3.
It looked as though the No. 66 and No. 67 cars were going to take a double podium in GTLM as the race came to a close, but then James Calado, driving the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GT3 for Scuderia Corsa, found his way past the GT and took third. Westbrook ended up spinning off track in the minor coming together and settled for fourth position.
“To get spun out of the podium on the very last lap is pretty disappointing to be honest,” said Briscoe post-race. “We had a great car all day and were really in the fight for it. It was just flat-out all 12 hours here at Sebring. We just missed having the winning balance today but we’ll hang in there and learn from this. It was a great team effort with all three cars this weekend. Thanks to everyone at Ford and the Ganassi team. The cars all ran flawlessly. I’m really proud of the effort everyone put in.”
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