Tag:Hall of Fame Racing
Posted on: January 14, 2009 11:40 am

The curious case of Earnhardt-Ganassi

What is going on at the supposed merged operations of Earnhardt and Ganassi?

In the two months since the announcement that the two organizations were merging, there has been very little information forthcoming. Where's the direction?

When Bobby Labonte was released by Petty Enterprises after the season, everybody assumed he was headed to Earnhardt-Ganassi. In a previous blog I remarked that it seemed like the perfect fit, sort of like what RCR has with Jeff Burton.

As late as Tuesday morning, it appeared EGR was finally about to sign him on the dotted line with multiple reports that EGR was going to put him in the 8 car and shift Aric Almirola to the 41 car.

By Tuesday night he was the new driver of the 96 car for Hall of Fame Racing.

Ummm, what?

Reportedly Labonte was on his way to a lunch meeting on Tuesday with EGR to work out the final details when HOF swooped in.

Is EGR that much of a mess? Or did Labonte just grow tired of getting the runaround? HOF accomplished in a matter of hours what EGR couldn't get done over several weeks.

The merger between Earnhardt and Ganassi was supposed to save the two teams, but it's definitely not off to a very good start.

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