CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhard Jr. says he is interested in becoming a minority owner with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

Earnhardt told The Associated Press he was not asked by local businessmen Felix Sabates to join a potential ownership group, but said he did contact Marcus Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, to say he’d be interested.

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Current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced in December he’s selling the team.

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Earnhardt, who lives in Kannapolis, North Carolina, says he told the CEO of Speedway Motorsports, “‘Hey, Marcus, if you guys get in the middle of it and you think it’s a good business deal, I definitely have some interest,'” Earnhardts says he “wouldn’t have the kind of money where I would move the needle too much, but it would be something to have a lot of pride in.”
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AP Motorsports Writer Jenna Fryer contributed to this report.
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