DEI in a moving mode with acquisition of Ginn facilities
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Max Siegel, president of Global Operations for Dale Earnhardt Inc., said the facility DEI inherited in the merger with Ginn Racing has been renamed DEI West.
Siegel said Sunday that the No. 15 Chevrolet team and the No. 01 Chevy operation already have moved to the DEI West building. The No. 8 team and the No. 1 operation will stay at DEI headquarters until the end of the season.
FRANCHITTI DEAL CLOSE
Truex is DEI's one driver in the Chase.
After all the Cup teams move to the new facility, current DEI headquarters will house all the administrative offices, along with the Busch Series team and Busch East operation.
Siegel also said he hopes to make an announcement within two weeks on a new sponsor for the No. 01 Chevrolet. Siegel confirmed that DEI has decided to continue to use 01 as the number.
HALL OF FAME AND GIBBS
Tom Garfinkel, the new co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing and the No. 96 Chevrolet, said Sunday the team hopes to continue it's partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing.
That would mean Hall of Fame Racing would join Gibbs in moving from Chevrolet to Toyota in 2008.
"We're still working on it and should know something within a week or two to get it finalized," Garfinkel said. "But we expect to be with the Gibbs organization in the future."
HMS MANIFOLD PRESSUREDoug Duchardt, vice president of development at Hendrick Motorsports, said he was "shocked" Saturday when the No. 5 Chevrolet failed inspection after Kyle Busch won the Yellow Transportation 300 Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway.
Officials took the intake manifold off the car because of modifications made to a piece inside the equipment. Officials plan to conduct a more detailed inspection at the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.
Any possible penalties will be announced later this week.
Duchardt said Sunday that NASCAR's concern stems from the team's interpretation of manifold rules. He also said that particular manifold has been used by Hendrick at a variety of 1.5-mile tracks since the last race of 2004 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
-- Terry BlountTerry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. Angelique S. Chengelis is a contributor to ESPN's NASCAR coverage.