• All-Ford GT front row as Dirk Müller, Ryan Briscoe lock out top spots
• Müller starts the No. 66 Ford GT at the front for the second year in a row at Road America
• 2-hour, 40-minute race to be shown at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX Sports 1 (U.S.); IMSA.com (outside the U.S.)
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. – The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship race at Road America will feature an all-Ford GT front row after Dirk Müller earned Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s fifth pole award of the year on Saturday. Ryan Briscoe starts p2 in the No. 67 Ford GT.
It’s Müller’s third pole with Ford GT and the IMSA team’s fourth of the 2017 season (Rolex 24, Sebring, Watkins Glen, Road America). Ford CGR also started at the front at the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener at Silverstone.
“After the bad luck of the last few races, it was time to turn it around,” said Müller, who started p1 at this event last year. “Joey (Hand) and I knew what we had to do and I don’t think we’ve made any changes to the car since we got here. That’s the strength of this team. This team is digging in every day and putting in a lot of effort and this was the payback for them. Taking the front row is absolutely brilliant. I’m still shaking.”
Briscoe clocked a 2:02.203 in the No. 67 Ford GT, behind Müller’s 2:01.422.
“I’m really pleased with the effort,” Briscoe said. “I was able to put together a good lap. Congratulations to Dirk, that was a heckuva lap he did there. I think we have a couple of really strong cars and we’ll try to execute tomorrow in the race.”
Last year, the No. 67 Ford GT just missed the podium after a mechanical failure in the closing seconds of the race. The team is eager to try again at the track they test at once a year to prepare for one of the season’s biggest races, the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“We had hoped we would be stronger here, just because of the nature of the track,” O’Gara said. “It’s a lot like Le Mans (the Circuit de la Sarthe). This car is built for low drag and high efficiency and a place like this really showcases that in the Ford GT. Right now we’re ahead of the field and hopefully we can stay up there tomorrow and have a good day for both of the cars.”