EARNHARDT AND GANASSI FORM NEW FOUR-CAR TEAM Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is Created MOORESVILLE and CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 12, 2008) -- Two of motorsports' biggest names -- Earnhardt and Ganassi -- will launch a four-car team ...
EARNHARDT AND GANASSI FORM NEW FOUR-CAR TEAM
Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is Created
MOORESVILLE and CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 12, 2008) -- Two of motorsports' biggest names -- Earnhardt and Ganassi -- will launch a four-car team beginning in 2009 through the combination of the motorsports operations of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Inc. (CGRFS). NASCAR stars Martin Truex Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the Nos. 1 and 42 respectively and future star Aric Almirola will be behind the wheel of the No. 8. The driver of the No. 41 will be named in the near future.
"In this ultra-competitive era of NASCAR, it is necessary to build and sustain the strongest team possible and our combining with the people and equipment at Dale Earnhardt Inc. will help create a strong four-car program for years to come," said Chip Ganassi. "This is a win-win for both organizations as well as all of our partners."
"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."
Details of the new four-car operation will be announced at a future date.
About Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Formed by Dale and Teresa Earnhardt in 1980, Dale Earnhardt Inc. has won more than 100 races in NASCAR competition including three Daytona 500s and six championships in the NASCAR Nationwide and Truck Series. The legacy of the late Dale Earnhardt lives on through not only Dale Earnhardt Inc. but also the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, a charitable organization committed to those things that were important to Dale -- education, children, the environment and wildlife preservation.
About Chip Ganassi Racing
With 14 wins in 2008, the team is enjoying its most successful season in history as it continues to add to its tally of 103 trips to victory lane. Chip Ganassi created his own one-car IndyCar team in 1990 and established a partnership with a new sponsor, Target. Today, his teams include two IRL IndyCars, and along with Felix Sabates he has two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, one entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a Daytona Prototype in the world of Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series racing. Ganassi's IndyCar teams have amassed six Championships and 64 wins since 1994; his NASCAR teams have 12 wins and two Rookie-of-the-Year titles; and the Grand American team has won three Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Championships and are the three-time defending Champions of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Chip Ganassi Racing operates out of state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, Ind., and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.