2016 Le Mans 24: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Talks About Victory
Last weekend, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team made history by taking the Ford GT to victory in the GTE Pro Class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The win marked Fordís return to Le Mans and came 50 years to the day after its first victory in the event. Owner Chip Ganassi visited the media center at Sonoma Raceway to talk about the win and what it means to him.
CHIP GANASSI - Owner, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing - HAVE YOU HAD TIME TO LET LAST WEEK SINK IN? "I have to say when I accepted with Ford to undertake this program, I probably didnít realize the amount of passion that that program carried with it throughout the many different levels of motorsport, whether it was with the fans or within the industry. They said, ĎHave you ever raced at Le Mans before?í And I said, ĎNo. I drove there in 1987.í I didnít really remember the amount of nationalism over there and a lot of pretty astute fans that understand the sport. I would also add that in Europe - when we come to a Cup race here we have Chevy, Ford and Toyota and thatís pretty good. When you come to an IndyCar race they have Chevy and Honda. When you go to an IMSA race they have four or five manufacturers. I tell you, when you go to Le Mans you have about 17 manufacturers. Everybody thatís in the automotive racing world is represented there, and a lot of these people make a huge effort in that event in the different categories. It starts to dawn on you a little bit and even on the off day there, which was Friday, no one on track, they had well over 100,000 people there just milling about. The questions you get and, like I said, about the fans, theyíre so engaged. I didnít realize what I was up for when they said, ĎAre you ready to race at Le Mans? Are you ready to take this on?í I said, ĎYeah, I think so.í I didnít realize what a big thing that was. Itís a big thing, to be quite honest. I will point out too that, yes, we won and we finished first, third and fourth. The top three cars were all IMSA cars. I was pretty proud of that. Even that Ferrari that was second was a U.S.-based car. Even with their three Italian drivers, it was a U.S.-based car, so I think that says a lot about the IMSA Series and the level of competition those guys bring week in and week out. I thought that was interesting. The fourth-place car was our other car from the UK and that car is actually leading the points now in the WEC, so thatís pretty exciting."
2016 Le Mans 24: Brilliant Beechdean AMR Finish Le Mans 24 Hour Debut
Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) successfully managed to complete the 24 hours of Le Mans. The #99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE did a total of 4,324.8 km and 318 laps on Circuit De La Sarthe. After running a near faultless race, driving trio Andrew Howard, Liam Griffin and Gary Hirsch finished a creditable 7th in the competitive GTE Am class.
Rebellion Racing Wins LMP1 Privateer At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
REBELLION Racingís drivers Nick Heidfeld, Nico Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr secured the LMP1 Privateer win in the 84th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours.
The race was not a trouble free one though for the #12 crew, they had to pit to replace a malfunctioning engine air intake temperature sensor in the early laps of the race, they were forced to stop twice for clutch changes and the fuel injectors were replaced as a precaution on Sunday morning. Once again the teamís mechanics and engineers showed their skills and team spirit with efficient interventions to get the car #12 back out on track to take the chequered flag.
2016 Le Mans 24: Krohn Racing Powers To The Finish At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Krohn Racing and its drivers, Tracy W. Krohn, Nic JŲnsson and Jo„o Barbosa, finished a fighting 13th in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, the 11th straight participation of the team in the worldís greatest endurance race. The contest was full of action right from the start, with the weather causing a safety-car start for most of the first hour, but then clearing for the duration.
2016 Le Mans 24: Alpine - The Marseillaise Played For Alpine At The 24 Hours Of Le Mans
Unpredictable since the start of the practice sessions, the weather made life difficult again for the drivers and teams at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. On Saturday afternoon, a heavy shower half an hour before the start forced the teams to switch to wet-weather tyres for the opening laps.
2016 Le Mans 24: Algarve Pro Receives Chequered Flag After Consistent Le Mans Debut
The Algarve Pro team successfully completed their first 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing the race 17th overall, with Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Munemann and Andrea Pizzitola at the wheel of the sky blue and white #25 Ligier JS P2 powered by Nissan (LM P2 category).
2016 Le Mans 24: Scuderia Corsa Triumphs at Le Mans
Scuderia Corsa has triumphed at the biggest race in the world - the 24 Hours of Le Mans
The no. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia driven by the all-American lineup of Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler captured victory in the GTE-Am class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday afternoon in only the team's second appearance at the endurance classic. Throughout the race, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari was a contender for victory, taking the lead for the first time as the sun began to set in the race's fifth hour. From that point the Ferrari had the GTE-Am victory in its sights, and Jeff Segal took the checkered flag just after 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.
Rain fell for almost the entire second day of qualifying for the 84th 24 Hours of Le Mans, making it impossible for the teams to improve the times recorded during Wednesday's first session. Therefore, at the end of the third session, Ferrari claimed the third, sixth, and seventh position for the 488 in GTE-Pro class and pole position in GTE-Am class for the number 61 458 Italia of rookie team Clearwater Racing.
2016 Le Mans 24: Risi Competizione Post Race Reprt
Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) was at the wheel of the number 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro when it passed the cheqeured flag in second place to finish what was an exciting and gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 84th running of this iconic event will go down in history as a classic with an action packed 24 hours. However, for the Houston based team it will be remembered as one in which the car showed remarkable reliability and the team barely put a foot wrong.
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