Hall of Fame Racing still chasing sponsors

January, 6, 2009

Hall of Fame Racing is close to signing another primary sponsor and trying to form an alliance with Roush Fenway Racing that would allow the No. 96 car to race full-time in the Sprint Cup series this season, sources confirmed Tuesday.

Tom Garfinkel, the team co-owner, was contacted via email Tuesday. Garfinkel would not confirm or deny the information, but said HoF was finalizing its plans and would have announcement before the end of the month.

If a deal is made with Roush Fenway, the team would switch from Toyota to Ford before fielding a car for the season-opening Daytona 500 next month. No driver has been announced.

HoF is owned by Jeff Moorad and Garfinkel, who purchased controlling interest in the team in 2007 from former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, along with partner Bill Saunders.

Aikman still has a minority interest in the team. Moorad is finalizing a purchase of the San Diego Padres after resigning this week as CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

DLP/Texas Instruments was the primary sponsor since the team's inception in 2006, but DLP is only sponsoring six races in 2009.

HoF had an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, leasing equipment for JGR, but that ended after the 2008 season. The HoF shop has been dormant since early December and sources said some equipment was sold.

Roush Fenway already has a partnership with Yates Racing, which will field three cars this season, one under the NASCAR limit mandated for 2010. Roush Fenway has five cars, so it has to move one car before the start of the 2010 season.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter



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