It has been reported that Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Chip Ganassi Racing may be working on a merger that would combine DEI’s Nos. 1 and 8 with CGR’s No. 41 and 42 next season.
CGR is also said to be considering a merger with Petty Enterprises.
Currently, CGR has one full time sponsor for next season (Target), and one part time sponsor (Wrigley’s). DEI only has one full time sponsor (Bass Pro Shops) and part time sponsorship for the team’s other two cars.
Paul Menard is leaving DEI at the end of the season to join Yates Racing, and he is taking his Menards sponsorship with him.
Petty Enterprises is also seeking sponsorship for its cars.
CGR fields Dodges, while DEI fields Chevys, which could be a potential stumbling block for any merger with DEI.
But, given Dodge’s performance in the sport and the current economic climate, a move from Dodge to Chevy may be possible.