Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan’s New Team Signals the Exit of Germain Racing From NASCAR

Published 09/23/2020, 2:03 AM EDT
NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier today, Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan announced that they are establishing a new NASCAR team. However, setting up a new team is not as simple as a snap of the fingers. For their team to be willed into existence, there had to be a sacrifice in exchange.

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To be precise, the Germain Racing team sold its own slot to the two. Thus gave them enough impetus to kick-start their plans for their team.

In a statement, Bob Germain said, “Being an owner in NASCAR for the last 16 years has been a thrilling and rewarding adventure. From winning two NASCAR Truck Series championships in 2006 and 2010 to competing at the highest level of motorsports in the Cup Series for the last 12 seasons.

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I have experienced the highs and lows of our sport. I’m extremely proud of what Germain Racing has accomplished at every level and I will be transitioning out of ownership with many memories and friendships.

“I appreciate the interest and offers made over the last couple of weeks and I am excited to see how the sport continues to grow in the future.”

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What does this mean for Denny Hamlin, Michael Jordan, and Ty Dillon?

The short version is that Germain Racing will no longer be on the grid. In other words, Ty Dillon is left high and dry and desperate for a ride.

Dillon acknowledged that the situation for single-car teams is very difficult. However, he is confident that NASCAR will step in to change it and help out the struggling teams. Whether this will affect the Michael Jordan-Denny Hamlin team, only time will tell.

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For that to happen, there needs to be a change to help one-car teams to be more successful. This does not apply to teams that have already reached their zenith in the sport. It also does not apply to teams that have a lot of money and resources.

He concluded, “If you don’t have three or four teams to spread the wealth with big-name sponsors and a lot of money behind the effort, it’s just not a model that’s going to survive long term.”

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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