Following a challenging opening round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the most successful team in GRAND-AM history has undergone a management change.
Sportscar365 has confirmed that longtime Chip Ganassi Racing team member Tim Keene has been replaced by Mike O’Gara as team manager of its two-car Riley-Ford DP program.
O’Gara, who had been team manager for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing in IndyCar, rejoined CGR earlier last month after a four-year stint with SFHR.
He had previously served as DP engineer for Ganassi’s Telmex-sponsored Riley, having been part of the team’s success in Rolex Sports Car Series competition.
It’s understood that Keene, who led the team to multiple championships and victories in recent years, is no longer with the company.
The shakeup comes after an uncharacteristic Rolex 24 at Daytona for team, which saw the No. 01 Riley-Ford of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Jamie McMurray and Sage Karam battle a number of issues on the track and in pit lane before retiring with engine failure.
CGR’s Ford EcoBoost-powered No. 02 Riley also failed to finish due to the floor separating from the chassis, despite having a competitive run up until that point. It marked the first time in 10 years competing in the race that neither car got to the checkered flag.
Ganassi’s restructured Prototype squad completed a test on the Sebring short course yesterday with the No. 01 car. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will participate in the official winter test on the full 3.7-mile circuit, which kicks off tomorrow.