A LIGHT TECHNICALITY
Like a time-delay bomb, a simple
malfunction with a backlit car number
panel would eventually cause a sharp
change in attitude within the Ford team.
The ACO’s Rule 7. 5. 5 was visited upon the
No. 66 GT (BELOW) early Sunday
morning as the car was called into the
pits by the race stewards to affect repairs.
Under 7. 5. 5, backlit car numbers and the
leader light system on each side of the
cars, plus a variety of other ancillaries, are
listed as items that must function at all
times, or be repaired before the car can
resume competing. At the time, the need
for visible car numbers, along with the
need to comply with the ACO’s mandate,
went unquestioned by the team.
WHEN PERFECTION IS NOT ENOUGH
“We’ve always said if you can get to the end of the race without any problems, and if
you don’t have any delays in the pits, you’re going to have a shot at winning,” Doug Fehan
said while preparing to artfully dodge the dreaded letters B, o, and P. “This was the first
time in all our years of going to Le Mans where that was proven wrong. The 64 car had
a darn near perfect race, but we never had a chance. You race what you’re given, and I
can honestly say Corvette Racing gave it everything we had, but others had more.”
Crews on both sides of the divide
performed superbly, but BoP
changes before the race gave Ford
a near-insurmountable advantage.