Is Reed Sorenson Headed to Gillett-Evernham Motorsports?

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IAugust 23, 2008

Reed Sorenson may not be talking about his plans for 2009, but that's okay—plenty of other people are doing it for him.
Performance Racing Network's Doug Rice said Friday that reports out of Bristol have the 22-year-old leaving Chip Ganassi Racing for Gillett-Evernham Motorsports.
Not denying the reports, Sorenson would only say he doesn't have definite plans for next season.
It'd be no surprise if the Georgia native did decide to leave, especially after the dismal season the entire organization has suffered through.  He himself has only had seven finishes on the lead lap, and has an average finish of 27.3.  The No. 41 Target Dodge posted its last 20 at Indianapolis, finishing 17th. 
Sorenson, who is 30th in points, was also pulled out of the car earlier in the year at Infineon.
Donnie Wingo, who is Sorenson's second crew chief of the year, was fined $25,000 earlier this week for an improperly attached weight at Michigan International Speedway, where the team finished 33rd.
Chip Ganassi Racing has struggled with all three cars.  Former Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti's team was shut down after he made only 10 races, failing to qualify for three and posting no top-10s or -fives.  His best finish came at Martinsville, where he finished 22nd. 
Teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, who posted CGR's last win more than a year ago in Sonoma, has also struggled.  He has led only three laps in 2008, has four DNFs, and sits 21st in points.
Sponsor problems are also plaguing the team.  Texaco-Havoline, who has been involved in NASCAR since 1987, announced they would be leaving Montoya's No.42 car after this season.  Target, who along with sponsoring Sorenson also sponsors both of Ganassi's IndyCar entries, is also rumored to be leaving the team.  
Franchitti's No. 40 was shut down because they couldn't secure sponsorship.  Rumors also have Ganassi merging with Toyota team Michael Waltrip Racing, who is also struggling for performance and sponsorship. 
If Sorenson does go to GEM, that leaves NASCAR rookie Patrick Carpentier's future in question.  Carpentier failed to make this weekend's Sharpie 500 at Bristol, and sits 36th in points.  An interview with Scene Daily states that Sorenson doesn't want to have to qualify when teams arrive at Daytona next season.
Gillett-Evernham Motorsports has combined for two wins, five top-fives, and 17 top-10s, including a ninth place finish by Elliot Sadler last week at MIS.
A possible replacement for Sorenson, if he does in fact leave the team, could be Franchitti, who continues to run for Ganassi in the Nationwide Series on a limited schedule.  Others include Scott Riggs, JJ Yeley, and AJ Allmendinger, who are all looking or could be looking for rides in 2009.