The Ford GTs of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing head to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the fourth round of the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship looking for their first win of the IMSA season.
This weekend will mark the four-year anniversary of the new Ford GT’s first global victory, when Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe won the IMSA race at Laguna Seca.
Westbrook, Briscoe and the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will be hoping to celebrate the anniversary with another trip to victory lane.
“We’re really looking forward to getting to Mid-Ohio and getting this GT program to the top of the podium for the first time this year,” Briscoe said. “Four years ago this week, Westy and I got the Ford GT’s first win at Laguna Seca, and that victory really gave our whole Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team momentum for the rest of the year. We’d like to duplicate that kind of performance as we get ready for Le Mans next month.”
Sébastien Bourdais will once again fill in for Joey Hand in the No. 66 as Hand focuses on being fully recovered for Le Mans in June.
“It’s really been a rough few weeks dealing with this very strong virus,” Hand said. “Under doctors’ orders, I’ve had to rest with no physical activity whatsoever. Only this week have I felt well enough and been given the okay to do light training and resume preparation for driving again. Having missed my home race at Long Beach and now effectively out of the drivers’ championship points chase, my main priority and focus is to be 100% for Le Mans.
“It’s so tough to miss another race. But with the unknown of how I would feel getting back into the racecar later this week for Mid-Ohio, I certainly did not want to jeopardize and compromise Dirk’s and the team’s chances of success. So we’ve made the collective decision to wait one more event before I get back behind the wheel. Fortunately having Seb available again, means the team still has a great shot at the win! I’ll be cheering the boys on.”
Dirk Müller and Bourdais are fourth in the drivers’ championship standings, with Briscoe and Westbrook in sixth.
NBCSN will televise the race live beginning Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. ET.