Spencer suing Ganassi Racing

Jimmy Spencer never forgets. The indelible memory of the Berwick, PA driver seems to recall that he still had a year left on his contract when team owner Chip Ganassi decided that he no longer wanted his services at the end of 2002. Spencer, who...

Jimmy Spencer never forgets. The indelible memory of the Berwick, PA driver seems to recall that he still had a year left on his contract when team owner Chip Ganassi decided that he no longer wanted his services at the end of 2002.

Spencer, who got off to a bad start when he failed to qualify for the 2002 Daytona 500, finished twenty-seventh in the overall point standings.

Indications that the team was not happy with its driver were evident as a second team car was brought in at Watkins Glen last August with Scott Pruett as the primary driver.

Prior to the season finale at Homestead, Spencer was informed that the Miami area race would be his last with the team.

Frictions between the driver and owner do not end with the Target Dodge. Spencer also is alleging that Ganassi persuaded car owner James Finch to relieve Spencer from his very successful BGN ride in order to field the car with Ganassi drivers.

In response, Spencer has filed suit, seeking the financial difference between what he would have made with Ganassi, and what he currently is contracted for with Ultra Motorsports, an amount calculated at around six hundred thousand dollars.

Neither side would officially comment on the suit, but minority owner in Ganassi Racing, Felix Sabates seemed unconcerned about the litigation. Rumor has it Spencer forgot to sign his contract.

-thomas chemris-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing