After Ford Racing’s 24 year absence from the track, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ No. 01 DP car driven by Marino Franchitti took the checkered flag at Sebring.
Mooresville, NC - Ford Racing returned to the famed Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL as a winner with the new Roush Yates built 3.5 liter Ford EcoBoost engine. After Ford Racing’s 24 year absence from the track, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ No. 01 Daytona Prototype car driven by Marino Franchitti took the checkered flag at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday night.
“We’ve come from a lot of hard work with the new rules, with the new engine and all of the development behind that,” said Franchitti. “This finish was incredible. I just couldn’t believe we were in the position to go for the win. I knew it was ours to lose and I had to keep hitting my marks and getting my laps in. I’m sort of struggling to sort of sit here and, look at our names at the top, being victorious at Sebring. I won P2 last year, but to win overall, we’re now going to see the Ford banner up there on the pit when I come back next year, that’s pretty special. This was certainly the biggest day of my career and for Chip (Ganassi) to win his first Sebring 12 Hours, it’s just been amazing.”
All three twin-turbocharged, 3.5 liter Roush Yates V6 Ford Ecoboost powered teams finished in the top 10 on the lead lap. The No. 02 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Ford EcoBoost Riley (Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Sage Karam) finished sixth and the No. 60 Need For Speed Ford EcoBoost Riley (drivers Ozz Negri, John Pew and Justin Wilson) came home ninth.
The last Ford overall win at the historic 3.74-mile, 16 turn track was in 1969. But the last one in which the company was directly involved, came in 1967 at the hands of Mario Andretti and the late Bruce McLaren, driving the No. 1 Ford GT40 MkIV and posted a margin of victory, 12 laps, so great in number that it remains today as the largest MOV in the track’s history.
“You read about stuff like this. What really makes it so sweet is that this is a win made possible by a production-based Ford EcoBoost,” said Jamie Allison, Director, Ford Racing. “Literally it comes out of our production vehicle. It just makes it so, so sweet because it validates what we do at Ford, that the technology we have in our cars is good enough to power an all-out win here at the Sebring 12 Hour.”
Roush Yates has aligned itself with Ford Racing’s “One Ford” approach to build the 3.5 liter V6 Ford EcoBoost engine with a majority of its parts taken straight from the same manufacturing facilities as the parts found in Ford automobiles throughout the United States.