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Ford’s EcoBoost engine powered Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates to victory in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring race held at the Sebring International Raceway.
The Roush Yates-prepped twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is the engine chosen by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and it proved to be a sound choice as it helped reach victory lane with drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Marino Franchitti.
To clarify, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is the name of the racing team.
Franchitti piloted the 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley across the finish line first to earn victory in his team’s first-ever appearance at the endurance race, and it was the first overall victory for Ford at Sebring since 1969.
“You read about stuff like this,” said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing. “The last time Ford won overall was in 1969, and what really makes it so sweet is that this is a win made possible by a production-based Ford EcoBoost engine. It literally comes out of our production vehicle. It just makes it so, so sweet because it validates what we do at Ford, that the technology we have in our cars is good enough to power an all-out win here at the Sebring 12 Hour.”
Ford Racing added the win was the culmination of intense preparation by the team, Ford Racing, Ford Motor Company and Roush Yates engineers, who are working together to prove that the heart of a production engine can stand up to the most intense rigors and demands of America’s toughest tracks.
Ford Racing stated over seventy-percent of the engine is production based.
Three prototypes competed in Sebring with the Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost: The racecars wearing 01 and 02 of Ganassi, and the racecar number 60 of Michael Shank Racing.
The 02 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Ford EcoBoost Riley finished sixth in Sebring after spending a considerable time out front, while the 60 Need For Speed Ford Ecoboost/Riley also made the top 10 with a ninth-place finish.
Ford added before the 2014 season began – the first year for the unified TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – Shank Racing teamed with Ford Racing and its 3.5-liter EcoBoost to break a series of closed-course speed records at Daytona International Speedway that had stood since 1987, setting a new record average lap speed of 222.971 mph around the high-banked oval.
The overall Sebring win, said Ford Racing, at the second round of the new series, was particularly satisfying and demonstrates that the partnership between the teams, Ford and Roush Yates is already a winning one.
“It is an amazing feeling,” said Dave Simon, Ford Racing Engine Engineering Manager. “I think the last 10 laps of that race were the most stressful 10 laps of a race I’ve ever had to live through. There’s a ton of hard work and a lot of people that went into making this victory happen. All the guys at Ford Motor Company, everyone at Ford Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing and Roush Yates – it’s just a huge sense of pride to be in victory lane in Sebring.”