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Sources: Petty Enterprises, GEM remain in merger talks

Updated: December 4, 2008, 7:46 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Petty Enterprises remains in discussions with Gillett Evernham Motorsports to merge into a four-car operation, sources told ESPN.com on Thursday.

A report by SI.com that the merger would happen and that Petty Enterprises would not return in 2009, according to multiple sources, is premature.

Drew Brown, the director of communications at GEM, said the status of the company has not changed and there are no impending announcements. Officials at the office of GEM majority ...

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