It’s been a very strong couple of months for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, a trend which continued in GT Le Mans class qualifying for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Richard Westbrook earned the headline-grabbing Ford GT its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position Saturday, shattering the previous GTLM track record at the newly repaved 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International Circuit with a best lap of 1 minute, 41.301 seconds (120.8 mph) in the No. 67 Ford. The previous GTLM record was a 1:44.084 (117.6 mph) set by Andy Priaulx with BMW Team RLL in 2014.
The pole position is the latest landmark for the Ford GT program. In May, Westbrook and co-driver Ryan Briscoe earned the new car’s first victory, winning the GTLM class in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Two weeks ago, teammates Joey Hand and Dirk Werner – who drive the No. 66 Ford GT full-time in the WeatherTech Championship – earned the GTE Pro class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans alongside IndyCar regular Sebastien Bourdais.
For Westbrook, it was his third WeatherTech Championship pole position, but his first in the GTLM class. He heads into Sunday’s race looking for a third consecutive Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen victory after taking the Prototype class the last two years with Visit Florida Racing.
“I’ve got a really good record here in Prototype,” said Westbrook. “It’s my favorite track, but it’s completely different than GTLM. You can’t really compare the two. We’ve set the car up beautifully and we’re really happy with where we are and we’ll be ready to go.”
Joining Westbrook on the GTLM front row will be Dirk Werner in the No. 25 IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GTLM. Werner posted a best time of 1:41.650 (120.4 mph).
John Edwards qualified third in GTLM. His best time was a 1:41.905 (120.1 mph) in the No. 100 IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GTLM he shares with Lucas Luhr.
IMSA Press Release