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JAN 11, 2016 | Daytona Beach, Florida

VIDEO: Ford GT, EcoBoost Prototypes, Shelby GT350R-C Cars Roar Before The 24 in Daytona Testing Sessions

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(From Ford Performance Public Relations)

NOTE: This is the final IMSA test before the Rolex 24 at Daytona Jan. 28-31, 2016. Six cars tested for Ford Performance: Two Ford GTs and two Daytona prototypes fielded by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing; one Shelby GT350R-C by Compass360 Racing (first customer team for the Shelby GT350R-C); and one Shelby GT350R-C by Multimatic Motorsports.

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No. 66 Ford GT (Joey Hand/Dirk Müller/Sébastien Bourdais)
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

JOEY HAND: “I think for us on the 66 car, it’s gone as planned. Our plan coming here was not to go looking for pace. We were just looking to make the car go around the race track as much as we can. We purposely tried to make changes in the garage and not the pit lane so we could turn as many laps as we could, and we really had no big issues with the car. The car ran really good. It felt pretty normal. It didn’t do anything weird, which was a start. I think we got a lot of good information for the guys to go back in with these next couple of weeks and come back with a good starting set to roll out of the truck with.”

SÉBASTIEN BOURDAIS: “It was a good couple of days here in Daytona. We’ve been putting a lot of miles on the car and just learning more and more about stuff. We’ve tried different things. It’s still a very new project, so now that we’re in a happy place with the brakes and the installation in the car and this-and-that, we’ve been trying to dial the car a bit more, so it’s been an interesting process and it’s all about trying to get ready for the future.”No. 67 Ford GT (Ryan Briscoe/Richard Westbrook/Stefan Mücke)
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

RICHARD WESTBROOK: “It’s been a really productive test, for us particularly on the No. 67 side of the garage. It’s a brand-new car, zero kilometers on it, and we’re getting through all of the new stuff flawlessly. The car’s just been running like a clock. I’ve been able to make some good changes. It’s a good chance for the engineers to figure out what the car needs, what turns it on. It’s been a really good test for us.”

No. 01 Claritin/Target Ford EcoBoost prototype (Brendon Hartley/Andy Priaulx/Alex Wurz/Lance Stroll)
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

ALEX WURZ: “It was a very interesting last few days. First of all, seeing Chip’s workshop (in Indianapolis) was very cool. Very cool guys. I love the American racing atmosphere. I’m taking it all in. Driving the Daytona prototype car is different than what I’m used to, so I’m learning everything, getting used to it, like the track and the carbon (weight of the car), it’s fine-tuned, but very sensitive to set up. It’s cool and I’m looking forward to getting rolling for the 24 Hours (of Daytona).”

No. 02 Target/Claritin Ford EcoBoost prototype (Scott Dixon/Tony Kanaan/Kyle Larson/Jamie McMurray)
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

KYLE LARSON: “I feel like I’ve learned a lot here at the Roar. I think we’ve made our car a little bit better. We still lack some speed, but handling-wise, I feel OK. Still needs some work, but we’ve definitely made gains throughout the three days, so I’m happy about that.”

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No. 76 Compass360 Racing Ford Shelby GT350R-C (Paul Holton/Pierre Kleinubing)
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

KARL THOMSON, Team Principal, Compass 360:

YOU’VE ALREADY LED A PRACTICE SESSION. YOU HAVE TO BE HAPPY WITH HOW IT’S GOING. “This is our first weekend with the (Shelby GT350R-C) Mustang and the car just ran pretty much flawlessly every single session. The support we’ve been getting from Multimatic and Ford has been incredible. We had an incident last session yesterday where the car tagged the wall a little bit, and it was incredible. We had a whole bunch of Ford Performance folks come to make sure everything was alright and the Multimatic guys basically came in and helped our crew get the car ready and it went out this morning and was flawless. Overall, our experience has been really, really positive. This is a full program with full support and you can see what that means.”

WHAT WILL YOU DO IN THE COMING WEEKS TO PREPARE FOR THE FIRST RACE? “We don’t actually have a lot of time. We basically have a week and a half back in Toronto. Fortunately we’re 20 minutes from Multimatic, so I know we’re going to be working closely with them. I’m pretty pleased with the performance thus far. We’ll have to see once we get here what it’ll look like for race pace, but reliability of the car has been great. I think we’ll probably do some set-up work in advance of the race, but overall, we’re pretty pleased with the platform the way it is.”