July 29, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Earnhardt Ganassi co-owner Chip Ganassi watches during the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Ganassi To Sell Cup Team? To John Menard?

The big news out of Thursday’s test day at Texas Motor Speedway is that Chip Ganassi could be selling his Sprint Cup team to a Menard. That is John Menard, a long time racer and supporter in the Sprint Cup.

It is no secret that Earnhardt Ganssi Racing has struggled in recent years. Neither Jamie McMurray or JPM have battled for wins since 2010 when McMurray won the Daytona 500 and at Indianapolis. The last time an EGR team made the Chase was in 2009 with JPM.

Despite the improvement in performance this season, EGR could see new ownership in the future. John Menard looks to be the leading candidate to take over ownership of EGR. Menard has been a racer all his life and currently sponsors his son, Paul Menard, who races for Richard Childress Racing.

RCR supplied engines for ECR until this season. Now EGR gets engines from Hendrick Motorsports. Ganassi, having a old relationship with RCR and both teams being Chevrolet teams, it makes sense why he has interest in Menard.

The two sides will share more as the Sprint Cup season progresses but it is to early to tell how serious Chip Ganassi is about selling his Sprint Cup team.

Tags: Chip Ganassi Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing NASCAR

  • Tyler

    If this does happen and Menard leaves RCR taking that sponsorship with him, RCR will not be in good shape, and honestly I wouldn’t feel sorry for Richard lol. It’s no surprise some of their best drivers and sponsors are leaving (first Joey Coulter and Sadler and now Harvick and possibly Menard.) Richard is playing favorites with Austin and Ty and all of them have clearly seen it and are ready to jump off the sinking ship.