- Joey Hand and Dirk Müller earn first win of the year for No. 66 team
- Hand earns first win at hometown track
- 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season ends with next race
MONTEREY, Calif., Sept. 15, 2019–Joey Hand and Dirk Müller held nothing back in a win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Sunday – their first together in front of Hand’s hometown crowd.
Müller started the No. 66 Ford GT on the front row for the second-consecutive year after qualifying p2.
“This one feels pretty good,” Hand said. “I’ve been trying to win at this track for a long, long time, since my first race in 1998. It feels good because it’s my hometown track, but it feels best because of the people I have behind me. Everyone on my team at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Ford Performance, but also my family and friends who support me all year long. This one’s for my wife, my kids, and my family who always have my back and cheer me on. I had a feeling about this weekend and it was comfy from the get-go. It was time to set sail.”
This is the fourth IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship podium for the duo this season. They runnered-up at Sebring and Road America and finished third at Lime Rock, where teammates Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe reached the top step of the podium with the No. 67 Ford GT.
“I can’t say enough about the car today and all of the hard work our guys at Ford CGR put into this race after race,” Müller said. “It really showed today.“
Westbrook and Briscoe finished sixth at Laguna Seca this year after Briscoe qualified fifth. The two earned Ford GT’s very first win at the Central California track in 2016.
Ford CGR will now close out the season at the 10-hour Petit Le Mans in Braselton, Ga. Oct. 9-12, 2019.