Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe scored a great GT Le Mans win at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The drivers of the #67 Ford GT have won their third straight victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
It was a true team effort in Canada. The Ford GT wasn't the fastest car of the GTLM field but the team managed to take the lead and win the class with perfect strategy and pit-stop in the closing stages of the race.
Westy and Briscoe were delighted with the race win and gave full credits to Ford Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of a hard and fought event in one of the most challenging race tracks in North America.
We had a good car. We didn’t have the fastest car. I think when you can come away with the victory when you’re not the fastest car, it just shows you the strength and depth we have at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.
It was a great call (to only take fuel on the last pit stop). Ryan had to do a hell of a job to hang on in the end and he did great. We’re just delighted that we have this momentum. Winning does become a habit they say, and it feels like it now. It’s pretty surreal.
I don’t think we were the quickest car out there this weekend, but it was great to get the win on strategy and consistency. When we pitted off-strategy before that, with an hour, 20 minutes to go, we thought we’d go all the way to the end on those tires. We were out of the window on fuel, but we thought if we caught some yellows and save fuel we’d be able to make it.
We got that short yellow, but that wasn’t going to put us in the window on fuel. Everyone else pitted under green after that. We saw we had the opportunity to take a splash of fuel to be safe and come out with the lead still, with a little bit of a gap. The call the team made was fantastic. I was just trying to hang on and it worked out.