Ganassi Fighting For Another 2018 Championship

SportsCar Team Gunning For 8th IMSA Title

Scott Stiller
October 12, 2018 - 1:53 pm
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Braselton, GA (93.7 The Fan) - Chip Ganassi’s Sports Car team is vying for another IMSA Championship this weekend with the Petite Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Ganassi’s No. 67 Ford GT leads the GTLM class with three victories this season, capturing the checkered flag in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

The No. 67 team of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe led the GTLM points standings from the Rolex 24 until the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, where they were overtaken by their teammates in the No. 66 Ford GT, Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller.

However, the No. 3 Corvette wrestled the points lead away from the Ganassi team in August after the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway and hold a 9-point lead heading into Saturday’s race at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn track.

“I think obviously we’ve fallen behind a bit on the points,” said Briscoe.  “But we can still win it and have one goal, to go out and win the race and see where the points fall at the end of it”.

The No. 67 team can capture Ganassi’s 8thIMSA title by winning the race and a result of fifth or worse by the No. 3 Corvette or by finishing second and the Corvette finishing eighth or worse.

“We are obviously going for the win after the disappointment of Laguna and will hopefully put some pressure on the Corvette,” said Westbrook.  “We had a test in Atlanta and it was a good chance to try some different stuff to last year and build on the good performance we had there last year”.

“I don’t think anyone at Ford CGR is giving up the title fight quite yet,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director.  “It’s been quite a season for the Ford GT and the team and all of our partners, and we’re looking forward to seeing the conclusion.”

Briscoe and Westbrook will get some help in the 10-hour endurance race with the addition of 5-time IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon.  IndyCar star Sebastien Bourdais will join Hand and Mueller in the No. 66 Ford.

Ford will clinch the manufacturers title when the No. 66 and No. 67 take the green flag.

The green flag for the Petit Le Mans WeatherTech Championship falls at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday, October 13thand will be broadcast by FS1 and FS2 as well as IMSA.tv.

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