Source: Siegel on way out of DEI

A NASCAR team source told ESPN's Kelly Naqi that Dale Earnhardt Inc. president of global operations Max Siegel is close to leaving the team.

Siegel said he's talking to DEI chief executive officer Teresa Earnhardt about his future plans with the team, which was part of a merger and has been renamed Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

When contacted, Siegel said, "This has been a great opportunity and I have always been committed to doing what's in the best interests of the sport and the company. I am currently in discussions with Teresa about how I can have the most positive impact on the future of DEI."

Siegel joined DEI in January 2007 and is the highest-ranking African-American team executive in NASCAR.

The team merged with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and is scheduled to field a four-car team in 2009.