LAKEVILLE, CT – July 22, 2019 – Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe drove the No. 67 Ford GT to a heart pounding win on Saturday, in the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix, making it back-to-back wins for Ford Performance at Lime Rock Park. The No. 66, driven by Joey Hand and Dirk Müller, made it a double podium winning weekend, finishing third overall.
“Congratulations to Chip, Ryan, and Richard,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Ryan and Richard drove an incredible race and the team strategy was executed perfectly, under extremely hot track conditions, to get the win. Our team, at Roush Yates Engines, is proud to help deliver the engines and team support for the Ford Performance sport car program. This is a great sport we get to participate in with talented teams and drivers.”
It was a chess match of strategies on Saturday afternoon, most teams choosing a two-pit stop strategy, but the No. 67 took a different approach and choose a three-stop strategy, which proved to be the winning formula. Briscoe, pulling a long stint at the beginning of the race, kept the pressure on the leaders in the field.
Westbrook took the wheel for the last portion of the race, taking the lead for the first time on lap 116 and kept digging to build a lead on the field, preparing for the last pit stop of the race. After completing the final pit stop to get new tires, the No. 67 re-entered the field just behind the leaders. As the race time counted down, Westbrook made a stellar move to the outside of the leader and regained the lead on lap 175 with less than six minutes left, to lead the last eight laps of the race and cross the finish line 7.003 seconds ahead of the No. 912 Porsche.
“Ryan made my day a lot easier,” said Westbrook in Victory Lane. “He did an amazing stint and got all the hard work out of the way early. We knew we’d finish on better tires (than the leaders). The car was amazing. It really was. We did everything perfect today. The three-stop strategy; pit stops by the crew. I just can’t say enough about Ford CGR and this Ford GT.”
On a split-team strategy, Hand and Müller drove a solid race on a two-pit stop strategy, stretching their tires and fuel to the limits and finished P3 overall.
In addition, in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, the Ford Mustang GT4s ran a strong race with both cars finishing in the top-10. The No. 60 KohR Motorsports team of Nate Stacy / Kyle Marcelli finished P6 and the No. 40 PF Racing team of James Pesek / Jade Buford P9.
IMSA will have the week off before heading to Road America.

* Photos courtesy of Ford Performance

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