Ford Chip Ganassi Racing came away from a thrilling LeMans 24 Hours race not only with all four cars finishing the legendary event but also with a podium finish for Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell as the trio capitalized on issues for the Corvette ahead of them to finish the race in second place behind the race winning Aston Martin of Darren Turner.
Speaking following an extremely exciting finish to the race, Priaulx commented by saying:
That was an amazing race. “It was a faultless race with faultless pit stops. These guys (the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team) deserve a medal as yet again they have risen to the challenge. It was a gruelling race; we had to fight through every lap, every pit stop, every moment of the 24 hours. Everything had to be perfect and it was. Watching Harry at the end was nail-biting so when we saw the Corvette appear in Harry’s sights we knew he would get the job done and take second.
It was a great debut for Tony Kanaan in the No.68 Ford GT as the Brazilian Verizon IndyCar Series driver in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing scored a top ten class finish coming home in sixth place just ahead of his Verizon IndyCar Series team mate Scott Dixon who was driving the No.69 Ford GT who had a strong race despite having to adopt right foot braking as a result of his Indy 500 accident last month.
The pair will now return to their day job with the Verizon IndyCar Series heading to Road America next weekend for the Kohler Grand Prix where Dixon will be hoping to extend his lead in the points standings.
The second place finish for Ganassi is a fantastic result for the team, who took victory in the WEC season opening six hours of Silverstone in April.
Speaking following the LeMans 24 Hours, the Global Director of Ford Performance, Dave Pericak commented by saying:
Wow, what a race. “It was a tough one, but everyone stuck with it. This proves that you have to stick with it right until the very end. To take second place on our second time here is amazing. First is always best but we’ll take this because it’s a great result for this team. It was huge for us in the WEC championship so it’s not just a great finish, but it’s also great for the championship we want to win this year.
Dirk Muller in the No.68 Ford GT commented on his performance by commenting:
Congratulations to the #67 crew for a fantastic second-place finish. “We know how it feels to make it on to the podium. It’s a good feeling. We were hit with so many things during the race. Joey did a good job and definitely Tony Kanaan. (Adding him to the lineup) was such a rush. We arrived here on Tuesday morning and from that moment on it all went so fast. He gave everything for us and we made a good team.