Almost immediately after Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced he would sell the team, speculation mounted about possible owners with NASCAR ties since both have Charlotte ties.
You can cross Jimmie Johnson off the list.
While Johnson said he wouldn’t be opposed to it, he also confirmed as of now he’s not involved in talks with any potential buyers, according to the Charlotte Observor.
“I don?t have enough money for that,” Johnson said. “My pockets aren?t that deep, I don?t think they can look at me.”
“I would take a chance at it, though,” added Johnson. “Who wouldn?t?”
Dale Earnhardt had previously said he’d be interested in a minority ownership possibility and contacted Speedway Motorsports INC CEO Marcus Smith to inquire about being part of a potential ownership group.
“I wouldn?t have the kind of money where I would move the needle too much, but it would be something to have a lot of pride in, and a good Charlotte NFL team is good for the city of Charlotte,” Earnhardt said.
Felix Sabates, a minority owner of Chip Ganassi Racing is heading up a group which he says involves two NASCAR drivers. But those drivers have yet to be identified.