AOL leaving NASCAR?

UPDATE #4 Richard Childress said he would field three cars for the fourth consecutive season. An announcement on the third car's sponsor and driver could come at the season finale in Homestead, Fla. AOL isn't expected to remain with the team. Richmond Times Dispatch 10/21/04 We are upgrading this rumor to 'strong' and apparently it is close to going to 'fact.' According to NASCAR site, AOL will NOT be back with the #30 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Chevy in 2004 and is leaving the sport, supposedly AOL does not see NASCAR as a viable tool in their marketing/business plan. This of course further fuels the rumors that AOL has done a deal with Champ Car. 09/20/04 Richard Childress is negotiating with AOL, sponsor of his No. 30 car, but said at New Hampshire he has a backup plan if that sponsorship falls through. 09/18/04 Car owner Richard Childress is expected to sign a sponsorship renewal with AOL, according to sources. Winston Salem Journal 09/11/04 We have no idea whether this is related to the Champ Car sponsor rumors or not, but this article says, Garage insiders indicate that America Online may want to scale back their involvement in the sport next season. Currently, they sponsor the No. 30 Chevy of Jeff Burton.

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