Aric Almirola files claim against Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

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Aric Almirola has filed a lawsuit in North Carolina Superior Court alleging that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc. have breached their contract with him.

Almirola, who drove in seven Sprint Cup races this year for the team before his car was parked because of a lack of sponsorship, filed the complaint last Thursday. DEI had announced last year that Almirola would run a full season in 2009, but the organization later merged its Cup operation with Chip Ganassi Racing to form Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

The complaint does not detail the circumstances surrounding the breach-of-contract claim and asks the court to refer the matter to arbitration.

Almirola had filed two notices of a claim last month, and he had until Thursday to file the actual complaint. He is dismissing his claim against Chip Ganassi Racing and EGR co-owner Teresa Earnhardt but proceeding in the one against EGR and DEI.

Almirola has 26 career Sprint Cup starts, with a career-best finish of eighth at Bristol in March 2008. He drove in 17 races in 2007 and 2008 as he shared the ride with Mark Martin in the No. 8 car at DEI.

He has driven in 14 Camping World Truck Series races this year for Billy Ballew Motorsports with six top-five finishes.

The team had no comment.

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dpkimmel2001

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Dale Earnhardt Inc. - Yet another sad chapter in the life of the post Sr. era of that organization. :confused:
 

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Jr will never be able to buy the names Dale Earnhardt Inc or DEI. The names are worth too much money & Teresa would give a price that is more than what Jr would be willing to pay :shock:
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Well, I didn't think about that angle. Yeah. Unless she just wanted 49% and not have to worry about actually running it. But she's a strong minded gal for sure.
 

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Seriously, I have to wonder if there is anything left of that organization that would be worth him wanting. DEI is nothing more than a museum at this point. The only thing functioning is the gift shop.
 

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Well, he would get the name, which would mean something to him. To get a team up to par with THAT name might mean a lot to him.
 

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How about Dale Earnhardt Jr. Inc.? That has a certain ring to it. DEJRI..... DEJRI..... DEJRI..... OK, maybe you're right. That JR thing doesn't seem to work! :ignore: