Circle Sport Racing has split from The Motorsports Group.
The two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams had merged for the 2017 season and used Circle Sport’s charter to field the No. 33 Chevrolet with driver Jeffrey Earnhardt. The decision to separate came from Circle Sport Racing owner Joe Falk.
Curtis Key owns The Motorsports Group and took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to address the issue.
“We wish them the best,” Key said in the online statement. “I will continue on this journey and look to rebound for 2018.”
Earnhardt had been signed to a contract extension in October, but it’s currently unknown how this development changes those decisions for both the driver and the teams.
TMG plans to field a car next season but does not currently have a charter. It is actively looking for both a driver and sponsor. Eddie Pardue will continue on as crew chief for next season.
“This is sudden for us, but we put a plan together rather quickly — we’ve had discussions with potential drivers but it’s only been a day since the news and we have more calls to make,” said Key. “We look to have a driver announced in early January.”
— Circle Sport w/ TMG (@CSTMG3330) December 12, 2017
By Matt Weaver