As of two weeks ago, we all heard the news that Reed Sorenson would be leaving Chip Ganassi Racing and joining up with Gillett Evernham Motorsports. That news did not come as a shock to the majority of us because he was not having success with Ganassi because the team has fallen on economic hard times. GEM seemed to be a suitable alternative—but in contrast is it?
Over the past several years, GEM has done extremely well in comparison to Ganassi having one car in the chase in three out of the five there have been. But that is it.
In the past two years the wins of the two teams are two to one. Evernham struggles to keep all three of his cars in the top 35 in points and has now missed the chase two years in a row. These two teams are on the same level of competition. GEM's cars are in the same spots every year
In 2004: No. 19 driven by Jeremy Mayfield in the Chase
No. 9 driven by Kasey Kahne missed the Chase finished 13th
In 2005: No. 19 driven by Jeremy Mayfield in the Chase
No. 9 driven by Kasey Kahne missed the Chase finished 23rd
In 2006: Teams switched around
No. 9 driven by Kahne in the Chase
No. 10 driven by Scott Riggs missed the Chase finished 20th
No. 19 driven by Mayfield, Bill Elliott, and Elliott Sadler finished up 31st
In 2007: No. 9 driven by Kahne missed the Chase finished 19th
No. 19 driven by Sadler missed the Chase finished 23rd
No. 10 driven by Riggs finished 36th
My closing point is that this team has backpedalled since 2006 when they changed up the teams and what are the odds the number one car in the GEM will be given to Reed? I think he should have learned from Elliott Sadler's mistake in coming to this team.