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Simulator work helps Ford

As the Chip Ganassi Racing Team tries to go back-to-back at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, they have a secret weapon on their side, the Ford Performance simulator in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Coming off a second place finish at Watkins Glen, the No. 67 Ford GT comes to the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix North of the border well prepared to take their second CTMP win in two years.

“The more we use the simulator, the more we get out of it,” driver of the No. 67 Richard Westbrook said.

“The more we work with it, the more we can correlate what we experience in the sim to the track.

“Personally, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in it and I’ve really enjoyed working with it. It’s getting to the point where every track we got to, we practice beforehand on the sim.

“With our schedule and testing rules, it’s not physically possible to go real testing everywhere, so the sim sort of covers that lack of testing at the actual tracks. It’s the perfect alternative.”

Ford currently sits second in the manufacturers championship in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, with the No. 66 drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller leading the charge. The duo currently sits second in the drivers standings, just eight points behind the leading No. 3 Corvette C7.R driven by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen.

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