Sources: DEI, Ganassi to combine teams - Yahoo! News
MIAMI – Teresa Earnhardt and Chip Ganassi will combine their slumping race teams next season, an effort to stabilize their organizations in a tough economic time, The Associated Press has learned.
The combined team will be called Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and will field cars for Martin Truex, Aric Almirola, Juan Pablo Montoya and a driver yet to be named, two people familiar with the decision told the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal has yet to be announced.
Both organizations have struggled to secure sponsorship this season, forcing the teams to pool resources.
Truex and Almirola will come from Dale Earnhardt Incorporated; only Truex's car has full sponsorship for next season.
Montoya has half a season of sponsorship, and Ganassi's flagship No. 41 has full sponsorship but no driver.
DEI fields Chevrolets, and Ganassi has a Dodge contract. Details of a manufacturer switch still are being worked out as the team is expected to use General Motors.
There is no news of whether Dodge or General Motors will even be in business. This team merger may have been planned when Dodge and GM were considering a merger.
You know, it could be that DEI is having trouble because there's no DE with them, and that NASCAR, like most sport and entertainment options, has gotten too expensive for its own good, such that Ganassi isn't competitive, and the fan base can't support but a few superstars.