Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rivals gunning for Ganassi again

DAYTONA BEACH — David Donohue was alone and nestled in the corner of Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway for a photo shoot, watching the star drivers of Chip Ganassi Racing gobble up all the attention.

Even after winning the 24 Hours at Daytona last year, Donohue enters this weekend's sportscar endurance race knowing he's not the favorite. And neither is any other driver without Ganassi stitched on the uniform.

"With the depth of the Ganassi resources," Donohue said, "they will always be the team to beat."

Donohue and the Brumos Racing team held off NASCAR star Juan Pablo Montoya and the rest of Ganassi's star-studded lineup in the event's closest finish, ending Ganassi's three-year reign in the event.

This time Montoya shares the driving in the No. 02 BMW Riley with fellow Indianapolis 500 winners Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti and NASCAR's Jamie McMurray. And Scott Pruett leading Ganassi's No. 01 BMW Riley.

"I would think that we are the favorites," Montoya said. "I think everybody is looking to knock us off again."

Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson headlines the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team in the No. 99 Chevrolet Riley along with former CART champion Jimmy Vasser. Other Sprint Cup drivers entered include AJ Allmendinger (No. 6 Daytona Prototype), Paul Menard (No. 90 DP) and Bobby Labonte (No. 71 Grand Touring).

NASCAR CUTS FEES, PURSES: Reflecting tough economic times, NASCAR lowered the fee it charges tracks to hold races, and the trickle down affects nearly every aspect of events. Tracks should be able to reduce ticket prices and lower various fees. Prize money, largely determined by profit, will drop by about 10 percent, according to Sporting News. Ty Norris, the executive vice president of Michael Waltrip Racing, told Sporting News he expects winnings to be about the same in total thanks to an increase in television revenue. Tracks have seen attendance and sponsor money drop.

Rivals gunning for Ganassi again 01/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 7:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Mike Evans stands behind Michael Bennett

    Blogs

    Bucs receiver Mike Evans was signing autographs for children after Bucs practice on Saturday. As he signed, he talked about Seattle defensive and former Buc Michael Bennett, who last Friday sat during the national anthem and who says he will continue to do so to fight racial injustice.

    Mike Evans, left, hauls in a pass in front of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.
  2. Man, I miss Planet Simeon

    Blogs

    Simeon Rice, right, works with Bucs defensive end Ryan Russell.
  3. Bucs roundtable: Time for another kicking panic?

    Bucs

    Five days after the beleaguered Roberto Aguayo got cut after missing a PAT and a field goal, new Bucs kicker Nick Folk had a PAT blocked and missed a field goal.

  4. The Bloomingdale's that a Ruth baseball built

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — A treasure, possibly worth half a million dollars, could lie behind a granite slab at the base of the Bloomingdale's flagship store in Manhattan in New York City, just a few feet from a window displaying designer handbags: a baseball signed by Babe Ruth.

    According to reports from 1930, this cornerstone of Bloomingdale's flagship store in New York City could have a baseball signed by Babe Ruth and other items entombed with instructions not to open for 200 years. The Ruth ball, if there and in good condition, could be worth a record $500,000. [ New York Times]