Ford’s EcoBoost engine powered Chip Ganassi Racing to victory at the Rolex 24 held Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, January 25.
Drivers Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Tony Kanaan drove the victorious race car.
In Ford’s words, this means that now, in its second season, Ford EcoBoost technology has won the two most important endurance races in North America: the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring and the 2015 Rolex 24.
The EcoBoost program has now racked up four Prototype victories overall with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, including the 2014 Long Beach and Circuit of the Americas events.
“It was a great day for Ford and a great day for Ganassi,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development, who accepted the manufacturer’s trophy on behalf of Ford. “We had a great car and great drivers. And, of course, we had really great power, reliability and fuel economy out of the EcoBoost engine. This is a great testament to the entire team. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
In explaining the win, Ford said the efficiency of the EcoBoost engine in the closing laps of the 24-hour race led to a fuel stop strategy that helped clinch victory.
“You have to look out for the car so you have the speed in the end to compete for the win,” said driver Scott Dixon. “I can’t emphasize how big of a team effort this was – it’s not one person who wins this race, it’s everybody involved. This weekend, everybody on the No. 02 team did their best job, and that’s obviously enough to get a victory.”
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season continues March 18 to 21 with the 2015 12 Hours of Sebring.