Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has shut down Dario Franchitti's No. 40 Sprint Cup race team because of a lack of sponsorship. The entire No. 40 team was shut down, but crew chief Steven Lane was not among those laid off. Ganassi said Franchitti, left, was disappointed but understood. And Ganassi said he was hopeful Franchitti would drive their Nationwide Series car until the Sprint Cup program was restructured. Franchitti, the 2007 Indy 500 winner and IndyCar champion, has struggled this year with a best result of 22nd in 10 Sprint Cup starts. He missed five Cup races after breaking his ankle in an accident during the Nationwide Series race at Talladega in April. He also failed to qualify for two Cup events (Texas Motor Speedway and Infineon Raceway).
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-- The Associated Press