- Ganassi Racing will switch to Ford EcoBoost V6 engines for its entry in the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship, Ford announced at the 2013 SEMA Show.
- The car will debut in the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona with drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.
- The move helps to raise awareness of the EcoBoost engine, which is available for numerous Ford production vehicles.
LAS VEGAS — Ganassi Racing, the dominant team in Daytona Prototype racing for the past decade, will switch to Ford EcoBoost V6 power for the inaugural season of the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship. The switch to Ford power was announced at the 2013 SEMA Show here this week.
The team, with drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, switches from BMW power in its Riley chassis. The first race for the team will be the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
The team has won 27 races in the past seven years and Ganassi has claimed seven of the last 10 championships in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, which is merging with the American Le Mans Series to form the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
"This new Ford EcoBoost race engine shares 70 percent of its parts with the 3.5-liter V6 engine that a customer can buy today in their Taurus SHO," said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing. "This is Ford engine technology at its best - direct injection, turbocharging and high efficiency. And there may not be a better place to continue to develop and improve it than endurance sports car racing."
The Ganassi team joins Michael Shank Racing, which debuted its Ford-powered Riley last month in a shakedown that included a run on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway tri-oval to break the NASCAR speed record of 210.364 mph set in 1987 by Bill Elliott in a Ford Thunderbird.
Like the Shank team's car, Ganassi's new entry was built by Riley Technologies in collaboration with Ford Racing's chief aerodynamicist, Bernie Marcus, with Ford production designer Garen Nicoghosian's input regarding design cues from Ford vehicles.
The new EcoBoost racing engines will be built by Roush Yates Racing Engines.
Edmunds says: Auto manufacturers continue attempts to ramp up the connection between racing and production vehicles. This latest development should raise the profile of Ford's EcoBoost brand.