Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will stay with Chevrolet as the manufacturer for its racing teams next season, ending a courtship with Toyota, multiple sources said Sunday.
That's good news for the Earnhardt-Childress engine alliance, which supplies power for the Sprint Cup cars driven by Juan Pablo Montoya (#42) and Martin Truex Jr. (#01). Truex will leave the team at the end of the season to drive for Michael Waltrip Racing next year. EGR is still weighing potential replacements for Truex.
Neither team owner Chip Ganassi nor president Steve Lauletta would confirm a decision has been made.
“It's nobody's business,” Ganassi said before Sunday's Dickies 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. “I'll know when I read it in the Sporting News.”
“Yes or no or we're not saying,” Lauletta said.
Ganassi met with Mark Kent, manager of General Motors Racing on Sunday, but neither Ganassi nor Chevrolet representatives would disclose the content of the meeting. Chevrolet Sprint Cup program manager Alba Colon said it is company policy not to comment on negotiations with its partners.
Ganassi had discussed a possible engine deal with J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, which runs Toyotas, but the decision to stay with Chevy makes those negotiations moot.
by Reid Spencer/Sporting News