With a superstar driver lineup consisting of Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing and Ford drove to victory in this past weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. The win marks the fourth victory for Ford’s EcoBoost prototype racing program, with the others coming at Long Beach, Circuit of the Americas and Sebring in 2014.
“It was a great day for Ford and a great day for Ganassi,” said Ford vice president of Global Product Development, Raj Nair, who was in attendance at the grueling endurance race. “We had a great car and great drivers. And, of course, we had really great power, reliability and fuel economy out of the EcoBoost engine. This is a great testament to the entire team. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
The race saw multiple leader changes as Gannassi’s EcoBoost prototype worked to fend off Chevy’s Corvette Daytona Prototypes, which finished in second, third and fourth. A reliable car and clever fuel stop strategy eventually allowed the team to clinch first position in the closing laps, where they stayed until the checkered flag waved.
“You have to look out for the car so you have the speed in the end to compete for the win,” Dixon said in a statement post-race. “I can’t emphasize how big of a team effort this was – it’s not one person who wins this race, it’s everybody involved. This weekend, everybody on the No. 02 team did their best job, and that’s obviously enough to get a victory.”
The Tudor United Sportscar Championship will head to Sebring on March 18 for the second race of the season, the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Ford will be looking for a repeat result of last year’s race, where they and Chip Ganassi Racing also drove to overall victory.