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TUSC: Ganassi to run Fords in merged sports car series

Nov 5, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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Any game Roger Penske can play when it comes to spreading his wings among different manufacturers, Chip Ganassi can play too.

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas it will run Ford Ecoboost powerplants in its Daytona Prototype entries in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The move is a switch from the Dinan-built, BMW power it has used for several seasons.

The team is the second to announce it will run the Ford Ecoboost V6 turbos in the TUDOR Championship, along with Michael Shank Racing. MSR set a Daytona speed record with the engine and driver Colin Braun last month.

Ganassi’s IndyCar and NASCAR operations run with Chevrolet powerplants, and the immediate question when the IndyCar switch was announced back in Houston last month was whether the sports car operation would follow suit.

Penske, meanwhile, runs Fords in NASCAR, and Chevrolets in IndyCar. “The Captain” does not have a sports car program lined up for 2014.