Ganassi's missing trophy: Chasing the Sprint Cup

Ganassi's missing trophy: Chasing the Sprint Cup

After a stellar 2010 season, Chip Ganassi's focus turns to the one big prize that still eludes him in US motorsport - winning the Sprint Cup. Diego Mejia investigates the competitive state of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and finds out how close it is to achieving its goal

Just a couple of weeks ago Chip Ganassi kicked off his 2011 racing season in style by winning one of the few big trophies he missed out on last year. His Riley-BMW prototypes finished 1-2 in the star-studded 24 Hours of Daytona, an event his team had won already three times in the last five years, but finished second in 2009 and '10.

This time his cars overcame a number of challenges and went on to lead nearly 60 per cent of the laps, despite Grand Am officials shedding off a few rpm's from their BMW engines ahead of the event in an effort to 'equalise' the field. Ganassi is the reigning Rolex Series champion after winning nine out of twelve races, in what was arguably the best year ever for Ganassi's organisation as a whole.

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