Ford wins at Le Mans

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The No. 68 Ford GT of Sébastien Bour­dais (FRA), Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller (GER) crossed the fin­ish line at Le Mans, as the over­all GT win­ner of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 9. The No. 69 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe (AUS), Scott Dixon (NZ) and Richard West­brook (GB) joined the winners on the podium af­ter scor­ing third place. The No. 66 and No. 67 Ford GTs fin­ished in fourth and ninth places re­spec­tively.

“This is an his­toric mo­ment for the Ford Mo­tor Com­pany,” said Bill Ford, ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany.

“We dared to dream that we could re­turn to Le Mans, 50 years af­ter the in­cred­i­ble 1966 win, and take on the tough­est com­pe­ti­tion in the world. The pride we all felt when the Ford GT crossed the line at Le Mans is in­de­scrib­able.

“The team that de­signed, built and raced the Ford GT has worked tire­lessly to bring us to this re­sult and I am proud of each and ev­ery one of them. The Ford Chip Ganassi Rac­ing team demon­strated the spirit of Ford, that of in­no­va­tion, de­ter­mi­na­tion and true team­work. We cher­ish our his­tory and her­itage, but to­day we made his­tory again and I couldn’t be more proud.”

First un­veiled to the me­dia at Le Mans last year, the Ford GT’s Le Mans vic­tory comes 395 days af­ter the car turned a wheel for the first time on May 20, 2015, at Cal­abo­gie Mo­tor­sports Park in Canada. A Her­culean ef­fort from the Ford Chip Ganassi team has trans­formed the car into a Le Mans win­ner in just over one year.

“Build­ing a new car and rac­ing it at Le Mans is a mon­u­men­tal task,” com­mented Mark Fields, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany.

“We took it on and we con­quered the big­gest chal­lenge in sports car rac­ing: the Le Mans 24 Hours. It has been in­cred­i­ble to share this event with our dealers, own­ers, em­ploy­ees, spon­sors and guests who are all burst­ing with pride at be­ing part of the Ford fam­ily. Ev­ery man­u­fac­turer in the GTE Pro class fought with ev­ery­thing they had in the best com­pet­i­tive spirit, and we are thrilled to have played our part in this in­cred­i­ble race.”

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