American teams, drivers star at Le Mans 2016

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The American assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year was a big one, and a good one.

The obvious triumphs come in the GTE classes. Ford, as noted, dominated the GTE-Pro proceedings with first, third and fourth in class in the new GT. Risi Competizione made it an all-American entered team sweep of the top three as they came second with its Ferrari 488 GTE.

Then there’s Scuderia Corsa, which won in GTE-Am with NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Jeff Segal.

Gustavo Menezes won in LMP2, as part of the lineup that finished fifth overall in the No. 36 Signatech Alpine A460 Nissan.

Here’s the American teams/drivers overall results at Le Mans:

LMP2

  • 5 (LMP2, 1). 36-Menezes (USA)/Richelmi/Lapierre, Signatech Alpine A460 Nissan
  • 14 (LMP2, 9). 49-Pew (USA)/Negri (USA)/Vanthoor, Michael Shank Racing (USA) Ligier JS P2 Honda
  • 16 (LMP2, 11). 30-Brown (USA)/Sharp (USA)/van Overbeek (USA), Tequila Patron ESM (USA), Ligier JS P2 Nissan
  • 22 (LMP2, 13). 40-Krohn (USA)/Jonsson/Barbosa, Krohn Racing (USA) Ligier JS P2 Nissan
  • 34 (LMP2, 15). 48-Keating (USA)/Bleekemolen/Goossens, Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03R Nissan
  • 42 (LMP2, 16). 31-Dalziel/Derani/Cumming, Tequila Patron ESM (USA), Ligier JS P2 Nissan
  • R (LMP2, 22). 35-Cheng (USA)/Tung/Panciatici, Baxi DC Racing Alpine A460 Nissan

GTE-Pro

  • 18 (GTE-Pro, 1). 68-Hand (USA)/Mueller/Bourdais, Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA (USA) Ford GT
  • 19 (GTE-Pro, 2). 82-Fisichella/Vilander/Malucelli, Risi Competizione (USA) Ferrari 488 GTE
  • 20 (GTE-Pro, 3). 69-Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon, Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA (USA) Ford GT
  • 21 (GTE-Pro, 4). 66-Pla/Mucke/B. Johnson (USA), Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK (USA) Ford GT
  • 25 (GTE-Pro, 7). 63-Magnussen/Garcia/R. Taylor (USA), Corvette Racing (USA) Corvette C7.R
  • 40 (GTE-Pro, 9). 67-Franchitti/Priaulx/Tincknell, Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK (USA) Ford GT
  • R (GTE-Pro, 10). 64-Gavin/Milner (USA)/J. Taylor (USA), Corvette Racing (USA) Corvette C7.R

GTE-Am

  • 26 (GTE-Am, 1). 62-T. Bell (USA)/Sweedler (USA)/Segal (USA), Scuderia Corsa (USA) Ferrari F458 Italia
  • 28 (GTE-Am, 3). 88-Al Qubaisi/DHH/P. Long (USA), Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR
  • 39 (GTE-Am, 9). 57-O’Connell (USA)/Bryant/Patterson (USA), Team AAI Corvette C7.R
  • R (GTE-Am, 13). 89-MacNeil (USA)/L. Keen (USA)/M. Miller (USA), Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR