24H of Le Mans Sees First American Manufacturer on Podium in 50+ Years - Engine Builder Magazine

24H of Le Mans Sees First American Manufacturer on Podium in 50+ Years

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus finished third and fourth in the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first time an American manufacturer had placed on the podium since 1967.

Glickenhaus Racing’s No. 709 finished third at Le Mans, with Ryan Briscoe, Franck Mallieux and Richard Westbrook sharing driving duties. The small car company is owned by 71-year-old New-Yorker Jim Glickenhaus who has been working towards this goal for nearly two decades.

Glickenhaus started the race P4 and P5, and ran P3 and P4 before the end of the first lap. After an hour, a sensor failed, and the car lost 40 seconds in the pit. 
 
The cars ran strongly until 708 spun into the wall and limped back into the pit. The team worked quickly changing the front, the rear suspension, and the tail and got the car back out on the track in under seven minutes. This dropped 708 from P3 to P19. Over the next 14 hours, 708 fought back from P19 to P4. 709 continued to run flawlessly. They had the pace of the Toyotas on many laps, but the damaged sensor prevented them from running the pace as consistently as the Toyotas.

“We are incredibly proud of the entire Glickenhaus team for our podium finish at the 24 hours of Le Mans,” said Jim and Jesse Glickenhaus in a recent press release. “As always, we will learn and try to come back stronger. We are powered by the fans and their energy from around the world.”

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