Ganassi flirts with Toyota, stays with Chevrolet

BY foxsports • November 8, 2009

After weeks of speculation, Sunday was decision day for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

Toyota and Richard Childress, who is part of the joint venture which currently supplies Chevrolet engines to EGR, gave co-team owner Chip Ganassi an ultimatum for a decision on manufacturers next year.

Following several early morning meetings at Texas Motor Speedway, EGR opted to stay with Chevrolet, has learned.

Ganassi spoke with General Motors Racing manager Mark Kent in a closed-door meeting inside the No. 1 team's transporter Sunday morning at Texas Motor Speedway and Alba Colon, GM Racing's Chevrolet program manager, camped out in front of the hauler for part of the morning. He also met with Toyota senior manager Andy Graves before making his decision.

When asked for a comment after his meetings, Ganassi said "It's nobody's business."

Chip Ganassi has been a NASCAR team owner since 2001 when he formed a partnership with Felix Sabates. The duo teamed up with Teresa Earnhardt to form EGR late last season, which fields the No. 1 for Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 42 for Juan Pablo Montoya.

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