Just days after the Red Bull Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team confirmed that more than 150 employees will lose their jobs if the team closes its doors on December 17, more than 200 employees of Kevin Harvick Inc., and Germain Racing received similar notices this week.
Germain Racing confirmed today what SiriusSpeedway.com first reported on September 12; that it will lay off an unspecified number of employees at season’s end, as well. General Manager Mike Hillman, Sr., blamed the cutbacks on uncertainty surrounding the team’s three Truck Series entries. He said that while Germain will field its #9 GEICO Sprint Cup Series Toyota again next season, there is currently no sponsorship in place for the Truck Series Tundras currently driven by Todd Bodine, Brendan Gaughan and Max Papis. Gaughan is expected to leave the team at the end of the season, and while Bodine says he would like to return to Germain next season, he admitted that he has spoken to other teams about possible rides for 2012. Papis’ plans for next year are uncertain.
The state of North Carolina requires employers to provide 60-days notice if at least 50 employees (or 33% of the company’s total work force) will be laid off at an individual site.