Ford EcoBoost engine powers to victory in 12 Hours of Sebring; first Ford win since 1969
18 March 2014
Ford’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine powered a Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley Prototype to victory Saturday in the 2014 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
Marino Franchitti piloted the Nº 01 Telcel Riley-Ford across the finish line first to earn victory in his team’s first appearance at the legendary endurance race. Teammates were Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. It is the first overall victory for Ford at Sebring in 45 years.
The last time Ford took the overall win was 1969, and what really makes it so sweet is that this is a win made possible by a production-based Ford EcoBoost engine. It validates what we do here at Ford –that the technology we have in our production cars is good enough to power an all-out win in the Sebring 12-Hour.—Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing
Three Prototypes compete with the Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost: The Nº 01 and Nº 02 race cars of Ganassi, and the Nº 60 car of Michael Shank Racing. The Nº 02 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Riley-Ford finished sixth at Sebring after spending a considerable time out front. Also making the top-10 was the Nº 60 Need for Speed Riley-Ford, which finished in ninth.
Before this season began—the first year for the unified TUDOR United SportsCar Championship—Michael 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. Together, they set a new record average lap speed of 222.971 mph (358.837 km/h) around the high-banked oval.
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Michael Shank Racing, along with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, will run the full 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule.
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