Steve Lauletta, the president of Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, has revealed that the team will attempt to get a fourth car on track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup beyond the Daytona 500.
The team will run Juan Pablo Montoya, Martin Truex Jr and Aric Almirola for the 2009 campaign but hopes to add a fourth driver for Daytona and possibly beyond if the backing can be found to continue the programme.
As yet, no driver or sponsors have been found for the car, which would be guaranteed a slot at Daytona through owners points.
"If we can continue to run the fourth car past Daytona, we're going to attempt to do that," Lauletta told the official NASCAR website. "But as of now, the plan is inconclusive.
"We're still facing a very difficult sponsorship environment and a very difficult economic environment. Decision making takes longer."
Elsewhere in the team, Target will become the primary sponsor on Montoya's #42 entry, with Wrigley remaining as an associate sponsor.
"Target was my first sponsor here in the US and I'm really looking forward to driving a Target car again," the Colombian said. "They are a great organization that I had a lot of great experiences with back in my CART days. With the progress we were making toward the end of 2008 the #42 team is poised for a great season and I am really looking forward to Daytona."
Truex will run with Bass Pro Shops backing on the #1 car while Almirola's car currently has no backing; something which should be sorted 'pretty soon'.