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Earnhardt name removed from NASCAR Sprint team

Chip Ganassi
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A lot of NASCAR fans may not be happy with Chip Ganassi’s decision to drop the Earnhardt name from his Sprint Cup team’s moniker this year. The change back to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (as it was known before 2009),however will actually have very little effect on the day-to-day operation of the outfit according to EGR president Steve Lauletta, who had only the best things to say about the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and his widow Teresa.

“It’s been an honor to have the Earnhardt name affiliated with our team these past 5 years and Dale and Teresa have done a tremendous amount for our sport. Although she has not played a major role in the day-to-day operation of the No. 1 and No. 42 programs, she was visionary enough to do this partnership at a time when both our teams were struggling to find sponsorships.

“We felt like it was a benefit toward our goals of becoming a better race team through the merger, and I truly believe it is a tribute to Teresa, her wanting to do the right things for her partners, company and employees. We have nothing but good to say about our association,” Lauretta stated.

Unfortunately EGR combined efforts remained winless after Jamie McMurray’s victories in the 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400, until last October, when he won at Talledega this past October under caution.

McMurray will remain with Ganassi, along with rookie Kyle Larson for the new season.