DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – There’s no doubt, Chip Ganassi Racing is among the best organizations in all of motorsports. Sunday’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona triumph further proved that point.
Ryan Briscoe brought the No. 67 Ford GT across the Daytona International Speedway finish line first in the IMSA GTLM class, marking it Ganassi’s 200th career racing victory. Briscoe, combined with Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon outlasted the entire GTLM field for Ganassi’s second straight class win at Daytona.
But, what’s the most remarkable feat, other than their 1-2 finish and pure domination in the race, was that they’ve reached a big milestone victory.
56 of the 200 wins have come in sports car competition, including six career overall wins in the Rolex. Among those 200 victories though are Indianapolis 500 wins, Daytona 500 wins, Brickyard 400 wins, 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of LeMans and 12 Hours of Sebring.
They’ve won everything there was to win and then some.
With 103 INDYCAR wins, 39 NASCAR and two Rally Car trips to victory lane to go along with those 56 sports car wins, they’re entering a class to themselves in racing promenince.
Speaking of racing in a class by themselves, that’s just what they did this weekend at Daytona. No one could touch them in their class as out of 783 laps in GTLM class, they led 774 of them. The No. 66 Ford led 625 laps, the No. 67 149 themselves.
Joey Hand brought the No. 66 Ford GT home second in class as the Ganassi duo were two full laps clear of the next best GTLM contender in the Chevrolet Corvette driven by Antonio Garcia. They were three laps clear of the fourth place finisher, the other Corvette.
Historic victory in dominating fashion.