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The Ford GT won its first race this weekend in California, giving the Blue Oval momentum a month before its highly anticipated return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

 

Drivers Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook piloted the No. 67 car to victory at the Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway during a two-hour, 40-minute race that showcased fuel economy. The GT, powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, only had to pit once; its competitors had to refill two or three times.

 

“We’ve been waiting for this win for a long time,” Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance, said in a statement. “I think it’s great that it came as a fuel economy win. It’s great for Ford EcoBoost, because that’s what it’s all about, but this is really a boost for the team going into Le Mans. We’ve been working up to this point to showcase the car’s durability and I think this is what the team needed to go to Le Mans.”

 

The Laguna Seca race is the fourth of 11 contests in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The GTs are also competing overseas in the nine-race FIA World Endurance Championship.

 

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2016/05/02/ford-gt-wins-race/83826794/

 

http://www.imsa.com/articles/ford-gt-makes-history-gt-le-mans-win-mazda-raceway-laguna-seca


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