After skipping Grand-Am's annual December test at Daytona International Speedway for several years, TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates was on hand at DIS Tuesday to evaluate a new BMW engine. The team, which had a three-year winning streak in the Rolex 24 snapped this past January when David Donohue edged Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 01 Lexus Riley by 0.167sec, was left looking for a new engine supplier when Lexus withdrew from the Daytona Prototype class.
"Typically, we don't do this test, but there's been a lot of work getting the new powerplant fitted in the car, and we're getting a jump on things,” said lead driver Scott Pruett. “When you make changes, you want to be ready. When you come here in January, you don't get a lot of time because you're running all of your drivers through the cars, getting them acclimated, and then it's on to the race. We haven't had any hiccups yet – everything has gone real smooth – but we've got a lot to learn. The center of gravity and other things are different from what we're used to, so we're out of our window right now. But we'll get there and we'll be good for the race."
Pruett said the team plans to announce its driver lineup and choice of engine at the Jan. 8-10 Roar Before the Rolex 24. "There are still a few things up in the air, so we'll wait and see," Pruett said.