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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi Racing typically goes into the Rolex 24 at Daytona every year as the heavy favorite.
Not this weekend.
Ganassi switched to Ford during the offseason, and a variety of issues have raised questions about the competitiveness of their two-car entry.
A rule change ordered by IMSA cost Ford valuable horsepower and drivers have complained they are down as much as 5 mph on the straightaway compared to the Corvettes. They've also said there's a design flaw in their splitter that has created a downforce disadvantage through the road course portion of Daytona International Speedway.
Ford is debuting its new EcoBoost engine package this weekend. There are reliability questions surrounding the 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo that could also affect 2012 winner Michael Shank Racing.