ALTON, Vir. August 28, 2017 – Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and the No. 67 Ford GT team may have struggled in practice and qualifying, but they were in position when it counted and drove away with their fifth podium of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Briscoe and Westbrook, who qualified seventh, finished second in the all-GT class Michelin GT Challenge after hovering around fifth place for much of the race. A late collision between their team car, the No. 66 Ford GT, and the No. 4 Corvette took those cars off the track and out of contention, boosting the No. 67 up the finishing order.
Joey Hand qualified the No. 66 car on pole, collecting Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s fifth pole of the season.
“Tough race, for sure,” Briscoe said. “Second place is good for us, but I hate to see it happen at the expense of the No. 66 guys. Tough result for them. We were just hanging in there today. Good solid drive, I think. We definitely weren’t the fastest car but second place is a huge result. If we can carry that momentum to a couple of tracks where we can be really strong and hope this team can still find the championship.”
The No.’s 66 and 67 teams are now third and fourth in the championship standings with 257 points each, 17 points behind the leader. Ford is second in the manufacturers’ standings, two points behind the leader.
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