Richard Petty says conversations about a possible merger between Petty Enterprises and Chip Ganassi Racing fell through because they couldn't agree on each other's input to their potential partnership.
The seven-time Sprint Cup champion said he wasn't part of the negotiations with Ganassi, but stated that there was a fundamental disagreement between the two teams on what they would bring into the merger.
"I didn't get into negotiations, I don't really know the details," Petty told autosport.com. "But as much as anything else, the personalities didn't work. He had his idea of how to run a show, we had our own, and they didn't match.
"We thought we had a lot to bring to the table, (Ganassi) thought he had more to bring to the table and we couldn't agree on that to start with."
Following the announcement of Ganassi's partnership with Dale Earnhardt Inc, Petty believes the potential transition from Dodge to Chevrolet is one that the new team should easily be able to overcome.
"I would think with the experience that DEI already have with the Chevrolet, they'll bring all these people and mesh them together," said Petty.
"So it won't be a Dodge team just getting Chevrolets because they'll interact with all those people and they'll just be all Chevrolet cars and engines, with maybe a guy that used to run a Dodge.
"The cars are the same, so they're not going to see anything different. There's no difference in the mechanical parts and the big difference will be the engine part. DEI brings their own engine program, so that's a lot."
Petty Enterprises, as Ganassi and DEI, still have to secure full sponsorship for their cars for next year, and Richard Petty's son Kyle, one of the team's drivers, has been rumoured to be looking elsewhere for a drive.
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