Ford Wins at 24 Hours of Le Mans

50 years after Ford’s 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans in 1966
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Originally unveiled over a year ago, and 395 days after the car debuted at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Canada, Ford's new GT rolled into victory at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, exactly 50 years after the automaker's 1-2-3 victory at Le Mans back in 1966. Ford's No. 68 GT won the GTE Pro class, besting long-time rival Ferrari in Ford’s first victory at the French endurance race since 1980. Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais were the drivers behind the wheel of the No. 68 GT. Meanwhile, Toyota's stumble with with three minutes left handed Porsche the overall victory.

Competitors left behind by the Ford GT included the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, the Porsche 911 RSR, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE and the aforementioned Ferrari 488 GTE. The Ford GT took the lead from the Ferrari 488 for the final time in the 20th hour of the race, rekindling a 50-year-old rivalry between the two iconic car manufacturers. As for Chip Ganassi, he becomes the only team owner in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Le Mans 24 Hours.