After evaluating the merits of continuing to race its championship-winning Riley Technologies Daytona Prototypes next season or switch to the P2 category with a different chassis supplier, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has opted to stick with its DP machinery in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“For us, I think we're going to stay the course,” Ganassi Racing general manager Mike Hull told RACER. “I don't know if that's the right choice at this point, because if everybody in DP decides to go P2 racing, we might be left as one of the last teams standing.
“I spoke with (2013 winning DP team owner) Wayne Taylor, and he's sticking with DP, and did say most of the Corvette DP teams are likely to stay as Corvette DP teams, so there should be a category for us to race against P2 cars. And we're at least committed through 2014 with a semblance of [the car] we currently race because the rules won't be the same next year.”
With Ganassi's IndyCar Series team recently announcing its switch to Chevy engines for 2014 – joining their NASCAR Sprint Cup team which has been with Chevy for a number of years – there has been plenty of speculation regarding the CGRwFS program completing the sweep by converting from its Steve Dinan-built BMW DP engines to the Corvette DP platform.
Hull wouldn't be drawn on whether a move to a Chevy engine and body is on the horizon, but did confirm a choice of BMW or the Bowtie is forthcoming.
“We're working on trying to get that finalized now,” he noted. “We are working hard to get it organized and should have a better direction in the next couple of days.”