Ford CGR acts to avoid repeat of Long Beach mistake

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Ford CGR acts to avoid repeat of Long Beach mistake

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Ford CGR acts to avoid repeat of Long Beach mistake

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Following an errant triggering of the pit lane speed limiter coming out of the final hairpin at Long Beach, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team has added a new guard to the Nos. 66 and 67 GTs starting this weekend at Mid-Ohio.

Ford’s Dirk Muller, leading the Bubba Burger Grand Prix on the streets of Long Beach in the No. 66 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans entry, accidentally hit the speed limiter button while cranking the steering wheel hard right around the hairpin, and with the limiter engaged for a brief period exiting the corner, he was passed with ease by the Porsche GT Team, which went on to win with its 911 RSR.

In the weeks between Long Beach and the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, the Indianapolis-based team manufactured carbon fiber rings that mount to the steering wheels. With the rings affixed, accidental pit lane speed limiter triggering should no longer be a concern.

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