Ford's triumphant return to 24 Hours of Le Mans has heavy NASCAR flavor

Ford's triumphant return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans had a heavy NASCAR flavor to it on several levels.

Car owner Chip Ganassi, who also races in NASCAR and IndyCar, fielded the class-winning Ford GT at Le Mans, with power from Roush Yates Engines, the same company who supplies the powerplants for Ford's NASCAR teams.

And considering the victory came on the 50th anniversary of Ford defeating Ferrari at Le Mans, this was a huge victory for all involved.

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50 years later, @FordPerformance returns to the @24hoursoflemans with a victory and a strong team finish. #OneTeam

— CGR SportsCar (@CGRsportscar) June 19, 2016

🏁🎉🍾#FordLeMans #TeamGanassi

— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) June 19, 2016

Congratulations to @fordperformance #68 on their #LeMans24 LMGTE-Pro Victory #WEC

— FIA WEC (@FIAWEC) June 19, 2016

History has been made today! The #FordGT has won on this prestigious return! Congrats @FordPerformance! #LEMANS24

— Doug Yates (@Yates_Doug) June 19, 2016

Congratulations to @GanassiChip and @CGRTeams on winning #LeMans24. What an amazing accomplishment!

— Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) June 19, 2016