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Posted: 11/12/2008 1:16:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/12/2008 2:14:14 PM EDT by Dragracer_Art]
Looks like DEI will be joining forces with Ganassi for 2009.

http://www.jayski.com/cupnews.htm#news1

OFFICIAL - Earnhardt and Ganassi Form New Four-Car Team: Two of motorsports’ biggest names – Earnhardt and Ganassi – will launch a four-car team beginning in 2009 through the combination of the motorsports operations of Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (DEI) and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Inc. (CGRFS). NASCAR stars Martin Truex Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the #1 and #42 respectively and future star Aric Almirola will be behind the wheel of the #8. The driver of the #41 will be named in the near future. “In this ultra-competitive era of NASCAR, it is necessary to build and sustain the strongest team possible and our combining with the people and equipment at Dale Earnhardt Inc. will help create a strong four-car program for years to come,” said Chip Ganassi. “This is a win-win for both organizations as well as all of our partners.”
“Having a partner like Chip who is heavily involved on the competition side of the business is an ideal situation for DEI,” Teresa Earnhardt said. “He has a long history of managing championship teams in the IndyCar and Rolex Grand-Am Series and I share his passion and goals of winning races and ultimately championships in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I think this is a case where we are stronger together than we are apart.” Details of the new four-car operation will be announced at a future date.
For more information log onto www.chipganassiracing.com and www.daleearnhardtinc.com.(CGRFS PR)(11-12-2008) Comment here

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 2:10:35 PM EDT
Teresa ran it into the ground.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 2:16:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
110 people were laid off at DEI Wednesday.(11-12-2008)



That makes it around 2000 layoffs so far in and around the N.C. scene, it is very widespread. Those grandiose shops aren't looking so cool now...
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 2:17:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.
I drove her around in a shuttle van two weeks ago.

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 2:19:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By txgp17:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.
I drove her around in a shuttle van two weeks ago.



Did you happen to bring her to our shop in Concord ?
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 2:22:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By burbanite:
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
110 people were laid off at DEI Wednesday.(11-12-2008)



That makes it around 2000 layoffs so far in and around the N.C. scene, it is very widespread. Those grandiose shops aren't looking so cool now...



It's all a result of the poor economy and sponsorship money drying-up.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 2:23:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


When JR left, everybody knew this was going to happen.

Dumb broad
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 2:25:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 3:39:49 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


Asshole.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 3:44:17 PM EDT
WWDD?
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 3:49:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/12/2008 3:54:06 PM EDT by Lon_Moer]


Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:



Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:

Teresa ran it into the ground.




The business hit a wall financially.





ed Fan Nation is reporting that Ganassi will be changing from Dodge to Chevrolet, as part of the merger.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 3:54:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


too soon or too funny?
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 3:55:42 PM EDT
Half of something beats all of nothing.

49% probably don't look so bad now.

The #8 doesn't even have a sponsor next year, and the #1 is about to not have one either.

What ye sow ye shall also wreap.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 3:56:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bdub:
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


too soon or too funny?


Too funny.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 4:03:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/12/2008 4:05:06 PM EDT by sc_beerbarge]
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
Originally Posted By burbanite:
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
110 people were laid off at DEI Wednesday.(11-12-2008)



That makes it around 2000 layoffs so far in and around the N.C. scene, it is very widespread. Those grandiose shops aren't looking so cool now...



It's all a result of the poor economy and sponsorship money drying-up.


Although that is part of it. I'd say much blame lies with Helton and his ilk.

All the faggoty rules and metrosexual drivers have made the sport into nothing but glorified WWF with a dash of chip and dales in many of the oldtimers eyes.

I don't even watch anymore. Hit the truck race in May and the busch race in Oct up in Charlotte though. Left both early to party outside though.




eta: Busch.....nationwide(I think now).....whatever the hell it's called.

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 4:36:54 PM EDT
NASCAR sold out their roots to expand their audience and it is catching up. They've neutered the drivers and the cars so every team is equal. Too many rules.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 4:42:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By shrikefan:
NASCAR sold out their roots to expand their audience and it is catching up. They've neutered the drivers and the cars so every team is equal. Too many rules.



I sort of became a casual nascar fan about three years ago.  I did not like Toyota being allowed in, but when NASCAR started griping about the number of Toyota wins and wanted to change the engine rules becuase of Toyotas success, I just quit watching

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 4:46:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


Link Posted: 11/12/2008 4:50:02 PM EDT
omg - less people employed behind driving cars in a circle???
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 4:57:54 PM EDT
They need to let the cigarette companies sponsor cars again.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 5:04:59 PM EDT


Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:



Originally Posted By burbanite:


Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:

110 people were laid off at DEI Wednesday.(11-12-2008)






That makes it around 2000 layoffs so far in and around the N.C. scene, it is very widespread. Those grandiose shops aren't looking so cool now...







It's all a result of the poor economy and sponsorship money drying-up.
And not winning races.





 
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 5:10:57 PM EDT
One of our local NASCAR team sponsors is cutting back on the number of races they will run next year.

I think NASCAR will take a severe hit in sponsorships and attendance next year. Golf will also have a rough year.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 5:34:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/12/2008 6:11:06 PM EDT by thmsmgn]
So DEI is forming a 4 car team with Ganassi and letting go of a 110 personnel? What the point?

As for Junior's year long whine fest about not being given a 51% controlling share of DEI, he need to grow up and concentrate on driving. DEI was left to Dale Sr.'s WIFE, mother of Dale Sr.'s OTHER CHILD, she has run the company as she sees fit. If it fails so be it, it was hers to break. If his father wanted him to be in control of DEI he should have written his will differently or made diffferent arrangments before he died.

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 5:39:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/12/2008 5:40:00 PM EDT by Infallible]
Originally Posted By fatboy79:
Originally Posted By bdub:
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


too soon or too funny?


Too funny.



Link Posted: 11/12/2008 5:42:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
Originally Posted By txgp17:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.
I drove her around in a shuttle van two weeks ago.



Did you happen to bring her to our shop in Concord ?


What shop are you at?
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 5:44:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


Link Posted: 11/12/2008 5:44:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thmsmgn: If his father wanted him to be in control of DEI he should have written his will differently or made diffferent arrangments before he died.


Agreed.  But, it was pretty clear from the way he talked about the team that he was building it for Dale Jr.  I guess he just trusted that if anything were to happen, his wife would make sure his wishes were carried out.  Bad move apparently
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 5:45:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By fatboy79:
Originally Posted By bdub:
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


too soon or too funny?


Too funny.


This.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 7:40:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
Originally Posted By burbanite:
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:
110 people were laid off at DEI Wednesday.(11-12-2008)



That makes it around 2000 layoffs so far in and around the N.C. scene, it is very widespread. Those grandiose shops aren't looking so cool now...



It's all a result of the poor economy and sponsorship money drying-up.



Just as sponsorship for our team for 2009 has gone up 50% over 2008...

NASCAR has imploded upon itself just as was predicted. They got too greedy and ate itself from within. Sound familiar in light of the current economic fiasco?
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 7:45:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/12/2008 7:47:40 PM EDT by Dragracer_Art]
Originally Posted By thmsmgn:
So DEI is forming a 4 car team with Ganassi and letting go of a 110 personnel? What the point?




DEI merged with/absorbed Ginn Racing awhile back, to make a 4 car team. They are still overstaffed...  only having sponsorship for 1.5 cars next season. Ganassi started '08 as a 3 car team...  with the 40, 41 & 42.  The 40 team, (including 70 employees) was eliminated back in July... leaving just Target and Texaco for the remainder of '08. Texaco is leaving Nascar altogether in '09... and Wrigleys is stepping up to sponsor the 42 for the 1st half of '09.

Target is a solid sponsor for '09 and will remain on the 41 car...  The driver is yet to be announced...  (Expect to hear something next Monday or Tuesday after the Homestead race.)

So... that leaves DEI and CGR both with sponsorships for 1.5 cars in '09...  
In a nutshell...  3 of the 4 cars in this new partnership are fully funded for 2009. Only one car needs sponsorship... which should be easier to obtain after the merger.

The Ganassi facility is well suited for a multi-car team... and is right next to the Concord Airport.
Redbull Racing is moving into the old Ginn shop...  and DEI headquartes on Rt3 is mainly just a museum anymore...  The only thing that makes sense is to move everyone into the Ganassi facility.
There is plenty of room. TRUST ME.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 7:47:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


I see what you did there.



Link Posted: 11/12/2008 7:54:25 PM EDT
Yeah for OBamaTaxation
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 7:57:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By shrikefan:
NASCAR sold out their roots to expand their audience and it is catching up. They've neutered the drivers and the cars so every team is equal. Too many rules.

^This.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 7:58:00 PM EDT
Is the IRL side of Ganassi staying separate (management) from the merger?
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 7:59:41 PM EDT
Who cares, NASCAR is just like any other pro sports entity, money, money, money.

If you want to see some racing, hit your local dirt track, or dragstrip.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 8:01:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By newbushmaster:
Is the IRL side of Ganassi staying separate (management) from the merger?


Yep, all the IRL stuff is handled at the Indy shop... (In Indy) and is completely unrelated to the Nascar operation at the Concord,NC facility.

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 8:11:35 PM EDT
It's amazing they have 100 people to lay off and still people to run the place. They must make boo coo bucks from those sponsors. Winning races doesn't pay you that kind of money.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 8:14:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dragracer_Art:

There is plenty of room. TRUST ME.


Say hi to Hoss for me.

Steve - TCGR '95 - '04

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 8:15:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/13/2008 6:02:56 AM EDT by Bama-Shooter]
NASCAR needs Danica!

That is all...

<edit. Bama>

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 8:17:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Danner130:
NASCAR needs Danica!

That is all...


geeze....1000 posts and 3 years and you don't know you can't post that?

Link Posted: 11/12/2008 8:26:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Only_Hits_Count:
omg - less people employed behind driving cars in a circle???



yeah real cute, people losing their livlihoods is all fun and games.  Thank God for my line of work, you morons will never quit hurting yourselves, so I'm set for anything.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 8:31:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CoreyR:
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


Asshole.


Too soon?
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 5:45:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.




Link Posted: 11/13/2008 5:46:32 AM EDT


Originally Posted By mayoroscarmayer:



Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:


Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:

Teresa ran it into the ground.




The business hit a wall financially.














 
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 5:47:11 AM EDT
Dale Earnhardt is legendary name.  Because of this, they can't be allowed to fail.  We must bale them out.
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 5:53:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Danner130:
NASCAR needs Danica!



No it doesn't.
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 6:04:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/13/2008 6:05:09 AM EDT by gus]
Originally Posted By cool-e:
Originally Posted By shrikefan:
NASCAR sold out their roots to expand their audience and it is catching up. They've neutered the drivers and the cars so every team is equal. Too many rules.



I sort of became a casual nascar fan about three years ago.  I did not like Toyota being allowed in, but when NASCAR started griping about the number of Toyota wins and wanted to change the engine rules becuase of Toyotas success, I just quit watching



That's what drove me away back in the early 1970's, except it was Chrysler and Ford they screwed over.
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 6:05:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By krpind:
Originally Posted By Danner130:
NASCAR needs Danica!

That is all...


geeze....1000 posts and 3 years and you don't know you can't post that?




I forgive him.
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 4:27:51 PM EDT
I'm sorry to say, as a lifelong motorsports enthusiast and veteran kartracer this saddens me deeply.  I hate to say it, but the entire auto racing and auto industry is taking a major dump.  Every major sanctioning body is cutting back on its races for 2009, and my level that I can afford to compete in which is karting is taking the biggest hit.  I will be surprised if i get to go racing at a national with over 100 entries for my class next season.  


FUCK OBAMA!!!  I guarantee this asshat will only make things worse for both guns and racing....among other things.
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 4:31:31 PM EDT
I was praying that when Jr. left DEI it went belly up and then he bought it back for pennies on the dollar. Oh well.
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 4:36:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By CoreyR:
Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:
Originally Posted By sc_beerbarge:
Teresa ran it into the ground.


The business hit a wall financially.


Asshole.


Too soon?






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