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BMW on top as temps rise
Jul22

BMW on top as temps rise

The temperature was on the rise and the times began to fall as the second practice session kicked off at Lime Rock Park today. BMW’s Dirk Werner topped the times in the GTLM class with a lap of 51.164 as track temperatures rose to nearly 140 degrees (f) – the hottest track temp seen so far during the 2016 season. Giancarlo Fisichella was second fastest for Risi Competizione with the pair of Corvette Racing entries up next...

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Corvette leads first session
Jul22

Corvette leads first session

Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin topped the GTLM times in the opening session at Lime Rock Park this morning in the latest round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Gavin set a time of 51.383 seconds before handing over to teammate Tommy Milner. The Corvette duo remain in the championship lead in the class and enter this weekend’s race fresh from a second place run at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Joey...

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Flying the Ford flag
Jul20

Flying the Ford flag

EXCEEDING EXTRAORDINARY EXPECTATIONS One of the keys to success in racing and in life is managing or exceeding expectations. Heading into the 2016 racing season, Mark Rushbrook, global technical director motorsports, Ford Performance, was asked to deliver on an extraordinarily difficult goal. The mission for the Ford GT motorsport’s program was to celebrate the 50th milestone of Ford’s historic win at Le Mans by winning the GTE Pro...

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Bennett on the right side of the fence
Jul18

Bennett on the right side of the fence

One of the most successful racers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championshio began his racing career here at Lime Rock Park peering through the paddock fence hoping to someday find his way inside its confines. Jon Bennett went to high school in Newtown, Connecticut, about 90 miles away. “I spent many a day peaking through the fence at Lime Rock when I was 13-14 years old trying to figure out how one day I could be in there,”...

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Ford brings the trophy home
Jul13

Ford brings the trophy home

The champagne has long since stopped flowing at the Le Mans 24 Hours, but there was still one thing left to do for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. On Tuesday, they checked that box. Drivers Joey Hand (US), Dirk Müller (GER), Sébastien Bourdais (FRA) and team owner Chip Ganassi joined Ford Performance executives to present the winners’ trophy to Ford Motor Company employees on Tuesday at Ford’s Product Development Center, while third-place...

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Strategy the key to Ford’s third win
Jul10

Strategy the key to Ford’s third win

Ford scored its third consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory and fourth big international sportscar win in a row at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park today but they had to dig deep. While the rapid Ford has been able to charge away on pure speed, today the Chip Ganassi Ford Racing Performance had to use strategy to get to the front with Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe winning their third consecutive IMSA race.. “We...

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