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Ford Performance IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Notes and Quotes
Continental Tire Road Race Showcase
Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016
FORD GT FINAL RACE RESULTS
P2 67 Ford GT (Ryan Briscoe/*Richard Westbrook)
P9 66 Ford GT (Dirk Müller/*Joey Hand)
*Last driver in car
FORD GT STARTING POSITIONS
P1 66 Ford GT (Joey Hand/*Dirk Müller)
P39 67 Ford GT (Richard Westbrook/*Ryan Briscoe)
NOTE: No. 67 co-drivers Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook worked their way from the back of the pack to the front, leading the closing minutes of the race until Westbrook was overtaken by the winning car, after a ride height penalty put them at the rear of the grid at the green flag. They had qualified third. A suspected suspension issue sent the No. 66 Ford GT to the pit in the opening laps.
No. 67 Ford GT
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing
RYAN BRISCOE: “It was really disappointing to miss the win. I think we deserved it. The guys did an awesome job in the pit, strategy was great, the car was handling great. We did everything right, but the race was 10 minutes too long and Richard did a great job to bring it home in second. We started down the back, got through all the traffic and then we were really working on the fuel mileage. We were able to go a little further than most of the field. We pitted with the Ferrari and then beat them out of the pits and came out with the lead with Richard in the car. It was an unbelievable start to the race and we just feel bad to lose the win right at the end there.”
RICHARD WESTBROOK: “It was bumper cars at the end. I thought we had enough, but I just had nothing on the restart. (The winning car) cleared me by the time we hit the braking zone. It was a tough one to take.”
No. 66 Ford GT
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing
DIRK MÜLLER: “We had a brilliant start at the beginning. I knew it was going to be tough because just the pure acceleration. The competition is really, really strong. I knew I’d have to be patient to bring the tires up. I was p2 going into Canada Corner and everything was under control. I was already thinking ahead. I had a big smile on my face. I thought it was going to be fun. Then while I was braking, something went funny on the front right so I couldn’t really take the corner right. The steering was far to the right. I had to let people by at that point. We decided not to pit right away, just so we could figure out what was going on. Then it just got worse and I went off track. We gained laps back later with strategy. That was a shame. We should’ve been on the podium. Congrats to the No. 67 guys on another podium.”
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