The No. 66 and No 67 Ford GTs of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing finished Sunday’s IMSA the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown from Circuit of the Americas in 5th and 6th.
Both the Fords were involved in a first-lap incident after the No. 66 Ford GT got into the rear of the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari of Giancarlo Fisichella, spinning him and sending him into the No. 4 Corvette of Milner. Both of the Fords had to pit with damage, leaving the No. 24 and No. 25 BMWs and the No. 3 Corvette to scrap it out for the win, with the No. 3 Corvette emerging victorious.
“I just got really unlucky” Muller said post-race. “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Once you are out of contention for a win all you can do is go for as many points as you can because at the end of the year, just a few points can determine who wins the championship. I’m proud of my Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team for not giving up. Now we’re looking forward. The next thing is Le Mans.”
“We didn’t have the result we wanted to have today,” added Managing Director Mike Hull. “Both of our Ford GT’s got caught up in that first lap situation. I think the No. 66 Ford GT raced well and had a chance to get back on the lead lap even with what happened. The No. 67 Ford GT ran well all day and gathered a lot about running in hot weather that will be valuable later in the season. When you have an early incident like that, what becomes the most important is making the best of it and gathering all of the data you can.”
The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship heads to Detroit next for the Chevrolet Sportscar Classic from Belle Isle Park. Click here for full results from COTA and here for a full schedule for Belle Isle.