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Ganassi confirms third Ford GT for Sebring

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As predicted by Sportscar365 about a week ago, there will be three Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs competing at this month’s 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Between the two U.S.-based entries run out of Ganassi’s headquarters in Indianapolis and the two U.K.-based ones for the FIA World Endurance Championship run by Multimatic, there have been four Ford GTs at each of the last two 24-hour races in Le Mans and Daytona, both of which Ford has won with the trio of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais.

That trio continues in the team’s No. 66 car, with Scott Dixon again joining Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe in the No. 67 and the same No. 68 crew of Olivier Pla, Stefan Muecke and Billy Johnson continuing in a third car, set to be run by the WEC team.

“We wish we could send all four cars like we did at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, but the WEC cars will already be prepped for The Prologue test at Monza and the first race at Silverstone,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Even though it’s impossible to bring all of our Ford GTs, we didn’t want to see this important opportunity to continue our cross-development pass us by.”

Ford won overall at Sebring with its engine in the back of Ganassi’s Riley DP in 2014 with Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Marino Franchitti driving.

A win this month would see Ford hold the Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring titles in class all at once, a feat Corvette Racing achieved in 2015 and also into 2016.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.