Yates reverses field, pairs up with Roush Fenway Racing instead

Why did Yates Racing make a U-turn in its handshake deal with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing? Simply put, "there wasn't enough commitment there," Doug Yates tells ESPN's Marty Smith.

Updated: September 13, 2007, 5:04 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

The decision against hiring J.J. Yeley to drive the No. 88 Ford by Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing executives was really all Doug Yates needed to see. It wasn't a deal breaker, per se, but from his estimation was a stark indicator of the commitment level of his new partners.

Yates really liked Yeley, and felt he was a talented and quite marketable young man. But Newman/Haas/Lanigan dragged its feet, prompting Yates to change direction toward an alignment with Roush Fenway Racing.

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