A long day and night of work by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team has the burned No. 67 Ford GT repaired and ready to race in today’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. Other than a few small pieces due to arrive this morning, the factory Ford team rebounded from the fire Richard Westbrook experienced during Friday morning practice and went home last night with the car in running condition.
“The engine was started last night before we left,” FCGR team manager Mike O’Gara told RACER. The remaining parts were in transport from the Ganassi shop in Indianapolis after mechanics scavenged a couple of items from the team’s spare Ford GT and shipped them overnight to Long Beach. That spare car will also serve as FCGR’s spare for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
As promised, the factory Chevy Corvette Racing team – Ford’s age-old rivals – stepped up and helped with anything that was needed to complete the No. 67’s repairs and, according to O’Gara, the Corvette squad provided a few oil lines when asked.
Westbrook and teammate Ryan Briscoe will start from the back of the field after missing qualifying. Round 3 for IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts today at 4:00 p.m. PT.