This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

MoneyMany in racing drool over the possibility of manufacturer money in the sport.

But manufacturer’s deep, deep pockets bring deep, deep danger. I say constantly that car makers’ first priority is selling cars and not winning races. They’re all in when racing meets that need. They’re not when it doesn’t.

We see that now in IMSA with Chip Ganassi Racing. The Ganassi garage has been one of IMSA’s most successful operations. That includes six overall wins in the Rolex 24 and two additional class wins with Ford in 2017 and 18.

But Ford’s four-year program ended in October and efforts to partner with a privateer team have failed where Ganassi’s concerned. We’re told Ganassi packed up everything and moved on in recent days.

We might see them back in two years when new rules take effect.

Ford’s commitment to its own future was evident in 2018 when it announced billions for hybrids and electrification in its showrooms. The Freaks were told no racing programs would be affected. How’s that working out now?