The No. 66 and 67 Ford GT’s participating in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are being campaigned by Chip Ganassi Racing out of Concord, North Carolina. Formed in 1980, Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the most successful racing teams of all time and participates in sportscar, IndyCar and NASCAR racing. They have won more than 200 races and 18 championships including 7 sports car championships, a record 7 wins at the Rolex 24 At Daytona as well as wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. They have also won 11 IndyCar championships including 5 Indianapolis 500 races, and more than 30 NASCAR wins including the Daytona 500.
Richard Westbrook (England) is partnered with Ryan Briscoe (Australia) in the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT and are currently in 2ndplace in the GTLM (Le Mans) standings. We spoke to Westbrook this summer on his trip to Canada for the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which is located about one-hour east of Toronto.
TrackWorthy: What’s it like driving our beautiful Canadian-built car?
TrackWorthy: How do you like Canadian Tire Motorsport Park?
TrackWorthy: Have you spent much time in the road-going Ford GT?
TrackWorthy: How similar is the road-going Ford GT to the race car?
Westbrook and Briscoe ended up winning the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix in the GTLM (Le Mans) class beating both Corvettes which finished 2ndand 3rd. the sister car, the No. 66 Ford GT driven by Dirk Mueller (Germany) and Joey Hand (United States) finished 5th. The next race, which is the 12th race of the 13 race series, is the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans which takes place Saturday, October 13 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. The final race of the season takes place on November 11th in Sebring, Florida.