Ford lights up Glass House to honor GT’s Le Mans win

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Dearborn — Ford Motor Co.’s Le Mans victory party was lit.

The windows of Ford’s Glass House in Dearborn light up the night, and a 2005 GT, with the message “GT Wins at LeMans.”

The Dearborn automaker illuminated its Glass House headquarters Monday and Tuesday night with the phrase “GT Wins at LeMans” to commemorate its first-place finish last month at the French endurance race.

The lights were a nod to a similar celebration after Ford won the race in the late 1960s. Ford first swept to victory there in 1966 and followed it up with victories in 1967, 1968 and 1969. Following its 1967 win, the automaker spelled out the phrase “Won Le Mans” in the windows of its world headquarters on Michigan Avenue.

This year, the Ford GT placed first, third and fourth in its class at the 24-hour race.

Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais piloted the No. 68 GT to the first-place victory. Hand was in the driver’s seat when the GT took first place in the 20th hour and never gave it up.

The lights were part of a larger celebration. Le Mans drivers, along with team owner Chip Ganassi, visited Ford headquarters Tuesday to present the winning trophy to employees. The drivers signed autographs, posed for pictures and donated items worn during the race to the Henry Ford Museum.

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