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>Ganassi cars climb back into Rolex

The two Chip Ganassi Racing entries rallied from early issues and an unusually aggressive pace to get back in contention in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Both the No. 01 and No. 02 BMW Riley cars fell to the back of the Daytona Prototype class because of problems just shy of the one hour mark in the twice-round-the-clock race that began Saturday afternoon.

The first problem hit the No. 02 when Scott Dixon blew a right rear tire. Shortly after, Scott Pruett took the No. 01 to pit road to change the gear box.

Despite the setbacks, nobody seemed worried.

"If that's our biggest problem, we're going to have a pretty smooth race," Dixon said. "It doesn't change anything. It's 24 hours."

Dixon was spot on with his assessment.

Both Ganassi cars moved through the field at Daytona International Speedway, even after a second blown tire on the No. 02 while Dario Franchitti was driving. Memo Rojas took the No. 01 to the lead, and Juan Pablo Montoya drove the No. 02 from 12th to first as the race rolled toward Sunday morning.

Winners of three straight Rolex races from 2006-08, Ganassi is trying to get back to Victory Lane in the prestigious endurance race after consecutive second-place finishes.


>Cuche takes another downhill

Switzerland's Didier Cuche won his second straight World Cup downhill in Chamonix, France, positioning himself as a strong favorite in Alpine skiing's showcase event at next month's world championships.

In perfect race conditions, Cuche clocked 1 minute, 58.91 seconds down the 2.09-mile Verte course, with Dominik Paris of Italy second.

Travis Ganong overcame a stomach bug to finish 35th for a depleted U.S. squad. Teammates Steven Nyman and Wiley Maple also were sick, while Bode Miller and Ted Ligety skipped the races this weekend.

The women's downhill in Sestriere, Italy was postponed until today due to heavy snow and fog.

From News and wire service reports.