Circle Sport Racing has separated from The Motorsports Group.
The two teams had merged for the 2017 season and used Circle Sport owner Joe Falk’s charter for the No. 33 Chevrolet. Jeffrey Earnhardt (pictured) competed in 34 of the season’s 36 races and had been announced to a contract extension in October. However, his 2018 plans, as well as those of Circle Sport Racing, are now unknown.
Curtis Key is the owner of TMG and said in a Twitter post on the team’s official account Tuesday morning he was informed of Circle Sport’s decision yesterday.
“We wish them the best,” said Key. “I will continue on this journey and look to rebound for 2018.”
TMG plans to compete next year running Chevrolet Camaros. The team does not have a charter and is looking for a driver and sponsor. Eddie Pardue will remain the team’s crew chief.
“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.”