LIME ROCK, CT – July 23, 2018 – Ford Chip Ganassi Racing won their third straight IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship (WTSC) race of the season. It was the No. 66, piloted by Joey Hand (and Dirk Müller) that took the checkered flag in the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park race on Saturday.
“Congratulations to Ford Performance, Chip and the teams,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “I’m so proud of the team, winning their fourth race of the season. It’s a great confidence builder for us, as we head to Road America, a track well suited for the Ford GT and EcoBoost engine. We need to keep our heads down and continue to stay focused on doing even the small things well and keep digging.”

The win streak continued for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing (FCGR) teams, scoring their fourth win of the season. Both teams have two wins now. The season started with the No. 67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona, while it was the No. 66 teammates taking the top podium spot at Watkins Glen. Then the No. 67 team won their second race of the season at the Canadian Tire Motorsports in Canada and now it’s the No. 66 taking the podium once again at Lime Rock.

FCGR knew it was going to be a battle on the 1.5-mile track. The No. 66 started the race in P3, while the No. 67 started in the fifth position. The No. 66 ran in P3 for the majority of the day, but both teams kept digging and adjusting to race conditions to optimize the Ford GTs’ performance over the course of the two-hour and 40-minute race.

It came down to the last 15 minutes of the race before the No. 66 of Hand was able to reel in and pass the No. 3 Corvette for the lead. Hand went onto lead the last 16 laps of the race.
“The depth of talent at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing showed itself again today, but also in the last three races,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “It was a big win, a great win for the team. They are finding different ways to win. We couldn’t be prouder of the effort from everyone today.”

Marking the mid-way point in the season, championship points are at a premium as the GTLM class point spread tightens up with only two points separating first, two and third.

No. 66 FCGR team regained the lead in the Driver and Team Points Standings, in addition, Ford built on its’ lead in the Manufacturer Points Standings, now leading by 11 points.

Ford also continues to lead in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, GS Manufacturer Points Standings by 12 points over second place.
The Ford teams are headed to the heart of the mid-west, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, to defend their 2018 wins in GTLM and GS at Road America. Reference the full 2018 schedule on Roush Yates Engines.

*Images courtesy of Ford Performance

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