Chip Ganassi drops Earnhardt from team name


It was only a matter of time before Chip Ganassi dropped the Earnhardt name from his race team. The No. 1 and No. 42 cars driven by Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson will have new Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates logos on them in place of the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing logos which had been on the cars in past years.

It is not believed that Theresa Earnhardt, the widow of Dale Earnhardt, had any financial interest in the team.

Recently the Ganassi cars dumped Earnhardt-Childress Engines in favor of those from Hendrick.

“It’s been an honor to have the Earnhardt name affiliated with our team,” Chip Ganassi Racing President Steve Lauletta said Wednesday afternoon. “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. … The goal of becoming a better race team partnered together, we think we did that.

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