Handing Ford Performance its fifth Daytona 500 win in the past nine years, Kurt Busch passed Kyle Larson to claim first prize in the acclaimed race's 59th event at Daytona International Speedway on February 26. The win also marks Ford Performance's fifteenth win overall.
“What a great win to start off a partnership. It is so great with Stewart-Haas and to have Kurt win it, our last Ford champion and in his first race back with Ford is fantastic,” said Raj Nair, Ford's executive vice president of global product development and chief technical officer, said in a Ford press release.
Seventeen years after his Daytona debut in 2000, the win was Busch's 15th with Ford.
"All the hard work that Ford and SHR put into this -- this Ford Fusion is in Daytona’s victory lane,” he said.
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Four Ford GTs will soon roll up to the starting line at the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, comprising the squad that will compete at the hotly anticipated endurance race of the year.
Racing enthusiasts have been buzzing about Le Mans more so since last year, when the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team clinched a victory 50 years after the historic 1966 race of the same name. This year offers yet another chance at a notable victory, since Ford also claimed a victory in 1967. Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt, both from the U.S., brought home the gold via a Ford GT40; this year, four sets of Ford drivers have the opportunity to do the same. Watch Ford's virtual return to the Le Mans track in the video below:
Piloting the #67 Ford GT is Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and newcomer Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani. The #68 Ford GT will be driven by Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais, who will strive to win back-to-back Le Mans trophies after taking home the title last year. Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla will drive #66 in the FIA WEC, adding Billy Johnson for the Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans races. Rounding out the quartet in #69, Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon will be on the hunt to trump last year's third-place podium finish.
“When we came to Le Mans last year there was a lot of pressure on the team to deliver a win to commemorate the Ford GT40 1-2-3 finish in 1966,” Raj Nair, the executive vice president of Global Product Development and chief technical officer at Ford Motor Company, said. “It was fantastic to win but we will not rest on our laurels."
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Clocking in at a high speed of 216 mph, the all-new Ford GT recently sealed in its status as the fastest Ford production vehicle ever to grace the track. Combining its impressive power with high-achieving aerodynamics and upgraded active dynamics, the GT's engine is able to produce the highest output of any EcoBoost® production engine.
Given its status as a paragon of speed and efficiency, the Blue Oval's new supercar was unsurprisingly crafted for racing. Preliminary testing at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada confirmed what Ford's designers strived to achieve: neither the McLaren 675LT, nor the Ferrari 458 Speciale was able to hold a candle to the GT, despite being prepped with fresh fluids, tires and other optimized components.
According to the final numbers, the GT crossed the finish line at 2:09.8, a full second earlier than the McLaren 675LT and more than three seconds faster than the Ferrari 458 Speciale.
“Our expectation has always been that the EcoBoost V6 would perform exceptionally well in the Ford GT – both in terms of power as well as aerodynamic efficiency,” Dave Pericak, the global director of Ford Performance, said. “We tested and developed this powertrain through the Daytona Prototype race car that ran in IMSA for two seasons, last season racing with Ford GT. We are extremely pleased with how it performs, both on the track and on the road.”
The GT's carbon-fiber architecture helped ensure that its dry weight - just over 3,000 pounds - was a happy medium between those of its competitors. Additionally, its active dynamics system optimizes the GT's downforce, balance and drag, regardless of speed. Learn more about the new GT and all of its offerings at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington!