Rumors have been surfacing that George Gillett, of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, may buy Bill Davis Racing, including the No. 22 team, the Toyota affiliation, TRD and the engine shop.
Mike Delahanty, of Dodge Motorsports, refuted the rumors that GEM would leave Dodge. He said:
Dodge and Gillett Evernham have a long history that dates to our return to Sprint Cup racing (2001). Dodge and GEM have a long-term contract in place. We plan to continue as partners in NASCAR. We’re aware and have had discussion about GEM’s interest in adding a fourth car, but there’s never been discussion about running anything but a Dodge. Anything beyond that, we classify as pure speculation.
Patrick Carpentier is officially a free agent. GEM informed Carpentier that the team could not secure sponsorship for next season. While GEM could still find a sponsor, it’s not likely.