Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Could Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports headed to Dodge?

In case you somehow missed the first breaking silly season news of 2012 last week, here it is...Roger Penske is bringing his organization back to the blue oval brigade in 2013 after nine seasons with Dodge. Penske became the top performing Dodge manufacturer rather quickly with Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace from 2003 to 2005.

However, over the course of the last few years, the Dodge contingent continued to shrink. In fact, in 2009, Penske was virtually the only horse left in the Dodge racing stables. While they were the focal point of the manufacturer for the last few years, the time arrived for Penske to reunite for Ford.

This leaves Dodge with no contending teams. Robby Gordon, who occasionally start and parks, is, thus far, the only team owner planned to field the new Dodge Chargers in 2013.

That will likely change in the near future. While Dodge has experienced performance issues in the past, there could be some appeal to being the flagship team for the manufacturer with the launch of the new 2013 models. Penske Racing consistently won races, and in 2011, they placed two teams in the Chase for the Championship.

Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart Haas Racing, and Richard Childress Racing are staunch Chevrolet supporters, so it is extremely unlikely to see any of those teams to jump ship. Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing appear to be married to Toyota. Roush Fenway Racing is to Ford as what Hendrick and Childress are to Chevrolet. Roush will probably never field anything other than a Ford.

As far as the frontrunning teams are concerned, this leaves only Richard Petty Motorsports and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. RPM's contract with Ford ends in 2012, and Petty has previous ties to Dodge. EGR is currently in a crowded room with Chevrolet's three other championship contending teams. Like Petty, Ganassi has past ties to Dodge.

RPM and EGR are two teams that are capable of running up front, but there seems to be some missing pieces. Could becoming the faces of Dodge be the missing pieces? It did not work for them in the past, however, the circumstances of the two teams are completely different than they were four or five years ago. RPM is not even the same team as Petty Enterprises.

It would make sense for Dodge to court these two organizations.

The only thing that I see preventing this scenario from coming to fruition is the fact that neither RPM nor EGR have their own engine program. RPM uses Roush Yates engines while EGR uses Earnhardt-Childress engines. Would these teams be willing to spend more money developing their own engine programs? Would Dodge be willing to provide an engine program for these organizations? Those are some burning questions to be considered.

Other teams that could consider a move to Dodge include the up and coming Furniture Row Racing, Front Row Motorsports, BK Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, and Germain Racing.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Petty and Mopar are synonymous with NASCAR. I'd like to see the Earnhardt name on a Dodge.

Terry L. Headley said...

Why doesn't GanASSi do us all a favor and drop the pretense of an Earnhardt connection?
Let Dale Jr. have the name DEI and the #8 and put this dog to rest!
Frankly if GanASSi tries to take his company back to Dodge ... fine ... but don't do it on the back of a dead man.
Lowlife!

Anonymous said...

Jr., Jr., Jr., like the 88 really worked out. T-shirts sales maybe, Performance no so. Without the Na$crap letting Jr. pass the pace car three (3) times at Michigan in 2008. Dale Jr. hasn't legally won a race since 2006, that's six (6)years, and over half a decade. Jr. is now just a highly paid (famous last name)Journeyman driver.

Anonymous said...

That is just pathetic! Boy oh boy if Ganassi wants to go to Dodge, by all means let him. But everyone forgets that the team is called EARNHARDT Ganassi Racing, not Ganassi Racing. Chip Ganassi deserves a slap in the face if they go to Dodge! No way in hell would I would allow that to happen! See, this is why I whis Dale Jr would have stayed with DEI because of course we all know how "well" he is performing at Hendrick. Dale Jr really should have stayed with DEI...
If Chip was smart, he would stay on the Chevy train for the Earnhardt name, and if he does go to Dodge, I hope Teresa is smart to pull out of the merger and takes the team and the #1 back to DEI where it should have belonged in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is forgetting that it is called EARNHARDT-Ganassi Racing, not just Ganassi Racing! Earnhardt is tied to Chevrolets and if Chip Ganassi was smart enough, he would stay with Chevy. But if they go to Dodge, I hope Teresa Earnhardt is smart enough as well to put out and go back to DEI with the #1 and Jamie McMurray. This is why I had a problem when Dale Jr left DEI, he really should have stayed there. We all know ho "well" he is doing at Hendrick...
Richard Petty Motorsports I can understand going to Dodge since they have a much bigger tie with Dodge, even Chip Ganassi, but everyone forgets it is called Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. That will make a TON of Dale Earnhardt fans very unhappy with Chip.

Anonymous said...

For the misinformed, don't get your underwear in a bundle, if you were a serious racing fan and paid attention at the time. Chip Ganassi stated several times when the merge happened that Teressa Earnhardt has the option to opt of the merger at anytime. She owns the #1 car, and Chip runs it out of his shop as Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.

tlh said...

To Anonymous 2 - Take your little anti-Dale Jr. attitude and shove it where the sun don't shine ... with a half-twist.
Nit-wit!

Chris Fiegler said...

I think Richard Petty Motorsports would be Perfect Fit for Dodge Since Richard Petty Drove a Dodge for over 30 Years.

Anonymous said...

Well if anything, Teressa lost the #1 sponsor in Nascar and the #1 rated driver. Not dissing the whole Earnhardt team but....... yeah just saying I think she teamed up with Ganassi to keep the team name in the sport. You shouldn't diss ganassi for helping, but youll all just get mad at reading this so doesnt really matter does it? Once the economy settles (if you pay any attention to news) this merger isnt permanet so continue on dissing everybody that doesnt have Earnhadt in their names....

Richard Petersen said...

I posted "Anonymous #3 & 4" by accident lol. But yea, I'm just saying too. No one is getting the picture here, the team name is call EARNHARDT-Ganassi Racing. Chip ain't running the only one running the team. If it was just called Chip Ganassi, I could care less what he does with his team, but if he don't wanna piss off a ton of Earnhardt Sr. fans, I suggest staying with Chevrolets. This is still part of Dale Earnhardt Inc., don't forget.

kylebusch18 said...

If anyone knew anything about Earnhardt he drove a dodge in 1975 at charlotte. He also drove a ford for Bud Moore
And Roy Osterlan. You just remember him in a Chevy. And who cares if a bunch of Dale Sr. Fans get their panties in a bunch. The poor man is passed on. Stop being so stupid about Chip wanting to do with his team as he sees fit. It's his team and his money. You guys act like Earnhardt is some kind of god. Guess what he is not, just a great race car driver. The name is just a name, nothing more. None of the teams are the same as they where when he was here. So shut it!