Sabates says ‘nothing concrete’ between Chip Ganassi, Kauffman
When Rob Kauffman announced at the beginning of August he had purchased an interest in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, many in the NASCAR community wondered what it meant for the future.
Kauffman is also a co-owner in Michael Waltrip Racing, but it was made clear the two organizations would operate separately throughout the rest of the year. As uncertainly and questions circulated in the weeks that followed, little information has come out about the details Kauffman’s deal.
A source close to the situation indicated this weekend at Michigan International Speedway the deal between Kauffman and the Ganassi organization is far from done, something Felix Sabates confirmed to FOXSports.com Sunday morning.
"Basically we’re talking. We don’t have anything concrete," said Sabates. "We’d like to do something with (Kauffman), because I think he can add a lot to our team. We don’t have anything signed."
With MWR running Toyotas and Ganassi running Chevrolets, Kauffman has a unique predicament on his hands. The source indicated MWR has already been cut off by Toyota in all areas, with the exception of providing motors.
Sabates could not speak to how Kauffman will handle the manufacturer situation, but said believes Kauffman eventually will have a decision to make.
"I don’t think it will work for him to have both (Chevrolet and Toyota teams), but you never know," he said.
Sabates said the motivation for Ganassi’s team regarding any possible moves is to make the team stronger, noting that "a three-car team is stronger than two cars."
Sabates said expanding to a three-car organization has no bearing on the on-going discussions with Kauffman, but the overall goal is to expand the team.
"Our goal is to expand either next year or the following year," he said.