Ford Chip Ganassi Racing returned to regular-season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series competition with a podium, finishing third and fourth in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International.
Drivers Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe finished third in the No. 67 Ford GT, while Joey Hand and Dirk Müller were fourth in the No. 66 Ford GT.
Both cars sported the liveries they competed with at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“We’ve had so much success here with the Ford GT and we expected to have to really fight for a podium,” Westbrook said. “Our strategist and all of the crew at Ganassi work hard to make sure we’re in position to walk away with a trophy. We fought for every second here today. We’ll take it.”
With the final Six Hours for the factory program now in the rearview, Watkins Glen will go down as one of the most successful tracks for the Ford GT. Ford CGR started on pole for three years in a row and started on the front row this year, when Westbrook qualified the No. 67 second. The No. 66 qualified fifth.
Both cars won the event during the factory Ford GT’s program run – the No. 67 in 2016 and No. 66 in 2018.
“This is one of our favorite tracks and even though we had our struggles today, it’s always good to get back here,” said Hand, who returned to competition after missing two IMSA races due to illness. “I’m happy to be back in the driver’s seat with Dirk, with a full summer of racing ahead of us. You know with how close the racing is, there’ll be a battle every race. We’re ready for it.”
Ford CGR now heads to Canada for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, near Toronto July 5-7, 2019.