NASCAR & Auto Racing

Evernham has mixed emotions about Gillett deal

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Ray Evernham had he had mixed emotions completing the deal to sell majority ownership of his team to George Gillett Jr. Evernham started the team from scratch in 2001 when Dodge made its return to the Cup series.

"You have to look to what you want to accomplish. As the sport changes the job gets bigger," Evernham said. "My goal is to win the championship. The direction the sport has grown, there's no way I was going to be able to accomplish that on my own.

"You'll see in the future that there are very few teams that are owned by a single person. It was a perfect opportunity because George does the things that I need someone else to do. He can open doors for the company that I just couldn't open."

Evernham said he will focus on the competition side of the organization, though his exact role had yet to be ironed out.

"I'm going to focus as much time as I can on building our new cars and making sure our engines are going in the right direction with this new Dodge R-6 engine and the car of tomorrow program is on track," he said.