Courtesy Ford Motor Company
July 22, 2016
Contributers: Courtesy Ford Motor Company, Phillip Thomas

When you win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it's a big deal. When you win it on your first attempt with a new chassis, it's huge. And, when you win Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of your 1-2-3 finish in 1966, well, it's worth shouting atthe top of your lungs or for Ford, from the top of the their world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

"The new Ford GT is a spectacular car and we feel honored to be the ones to race it and represent Ford," Chip Ganassi said. "In just two-and-a-half years this Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing program has won the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans - among others. You can probably call that the sports car triple crown the three biggest sportscar races in the world and Ford and Chip Ganassi Racing have made an indelible mark on all of them. I couldn't be more proud."

Ford wrote "GT WINS AT LE MANS" with office lights, just as they did 50 years ago, to celebrate their victory in France this summer. The light show came while Ford Performance presented the 24 Hours of Le Mans trophy to Ford employees. The success is hard earned after a wonky start to the season, echoing some of the GT40's own trials and tribulations. However, things came together last month when Ford entered the new 2016 Ford GT-LM into its first Le Mans race, bringing home a win in GTE Pro.

Ford's Dearborn HQ in 1967, celebrating their second year of success at Le Mans.

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