NASCAR & Auto Racing

Jeremy Mayfield testing in Ganassi's No. 41 Dodge

Jeremy Mayfield is driving the No. 41 Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at the test here, but team president Steve Lauletta said that does not mean Reed Sorenson won't finish the season in that car.

"We decided to put Jeremy in for this test just to try get a baseline of a different feel for where we are, knowing we need to get the 41 running better," Lauletta said. "Reed is the driver until there's a change, and there has been no decision to make a change."

Sorenson is still scheduled to drive the car at Kansas. He has agreed to move to Gillett Evernham Motorsports for 2009.

Lauletta said that Mayfield is "certainly on the list" of possible drivers for the No. 41 Dodges for next season.

Allmendinger, however, is believed to be at the top of that list, and when word came Tuesday that he's officially leaving Red Bull Racing at season's end, the obvious question became whether Allmendinger might come over before the end of this year.

"What we do for the rest of 2008 to get the team better is one thing, and what we do in 2009 working with Target about who's going to drive the car is another thing," Lauletta said. "I don't think any of us thinks those two things will intersect. If the stars and the sun and the moon align, would we look at it? Potentially, but it's not on our radar right now."

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