RIP Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

Aaron's 499 - PracticeEarnhardt Ganassi Racing is gone and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is back in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, according to a report from the Sporting News on Wednesday.

“It’s been an honor to have the Earnhardt name affiliated with our team,” Chip Ganassi Racing President Steve Lauletta told the Sporting News. “Dale and Teresa have done a tremendous amount for the sport. She was visionary enough with us to do this partnership in the first place. We felt like it was a benefit.”

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing formed in late 2008 through a merger with the former Chip Ganassi Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. and has since fielded the No. 1 and 42 Chevrolet teams. Both teams will continue on in 2014 under the Chip Ganassi Racing banner with Jame McMurray behind the wheel of the No. 1 and Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson in the No. 42.

According to the report, the operation format of the organization will not change, as Teresa Earnhardt had “little influence on the organization’s day-to-day operations.”

“There is not a daily role of the management (for Earnhardt) in the two-car Sprint Cup organization,” Lauletta said. “We’ve been operating this way pretty much since day one of the partnership. We still operate the same way we have for the last five years.”

– Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

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Topics: Chip Ganassi Racing, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, NASCAR

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