BRASELTON, Ga. – Ford earned the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport (GS) manufacturers title on Friday at Road Atlanta behind the strength of the Ford Mustang GT4 and a stellar season for its customer teams.
Ford customer teams KohR Motorsports, VOLT Lighting, AWA and Multimatic Motorsports shared five wins and ten podiums amongst them in 2018. Ford and the Ford Mustang brand led the manufacturers’ win list in the GS category for the third year in a row, thanks to the Ford Mustang GT4 (2017-8) and Ford Shelby GT350R-C (2016).
“We at Ford Performance are thrilled to bring home the IMSA CTSC Manufacturer’s Championship this year," said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. "The Mustang GT4 has proven to be an outstanding car for our customers, not just with five wins, but getting five cars from four different teams on the podium during the season. We're proud of our engineers who have worked so hard on this program, along with our long-term partners at Multimatic Motorsports and Roush Yates Engines."
KohR earned three wins (Sebring/Mid-Ohio/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park-CTMP) and a third-place finish (Watkins Glen) to lead the customer teams. Multimatic made the top of the podium at Watkins Glen, finished second at Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca, and third at Daytona. VOLT earned its first Ford Mustang GT4 win at Road America and AWA finished second at their hometown race, CTMP. In all, Ford Mustang GT4s won half of the races on the schedule.
The 10-race series concluded with the Fox Factory 120, where eight Ford Mustang GT4s competed with the addition of an entry from PF Racing.
Ford last won the manufacturer’s title in 2016 with the Ford Shelby GT350R-C.