NASCAR.com and Marty Smith of NASCAR Now reported last night that NASCAR teams Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Chip Ganassi Racing will merge to form a four car team. The move is seen as a way to shore up both slumping teams in a difficult economy.
The Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing driver lineup will be Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 1 and Aric Almirola in the No. 8 from DEI, Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 from Ganassi and a driver still to be determined for the No. 41. Full sponsorships for all the cars are still largely undetermined.
The team is expected to use Chevrolet, and not Dodge as Ganassi currently uses.
The location of the combined team hasn’t been determined, however DEI moved into the state-of-the-art Ginn building after merging with that team.
“Having a partner like Chip, who is heavily involved on the competition side of the business, is an ideal situation for DEI,” Teresa Earnhardt said. “He has a long history of managing championship teams in the IndyCar and Rolex Grand-Am Series and I share his passion and goals of winning races and ultimately championships in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I think this is a case where we are stronger together than we are apart.”
Ganassi Racing only has four wins since 2002 and DEI only has 3 wins over the last 4 years.