If nobody will hire you, apparently the only option is to become your own boss.
Jeremy Mayfield, who hasn't completed a full Sprint Cup season since 2005, hopes to do so in 2009 ... as the owner/driver of his own team.
Mayfield Motorsports will be co-owned by Gary Smith, chairman and CEO of Big Red, Inc. The new organization will run the No. 41 Toyota with sponsorship from All-Sport.
Mayfield joins a growing list of racers who've decided to jump into the business of running a full-time Cup operation this season.
Joe Nemechek will attempt a full schedule with his own team in both the Cup and Nationwide series.
Larry Gunselman, Todd Bodine and Geoff Bodine have joined forces in hopes of completing a full Cup season.
Kirk Shelmerdine, ever the optimist, is dreaming of running a full season.
And crew chief Tommy Baldwin opted to start his own team after he was rendered jobless after Bill Davis Racing was sold.
What's going on here?
At the end of the 2008 season, the economy and sponsorship woes forced several high-profile teams to merge with others in similar trouble: DEI with Ganassi Racing and Evernham Motorsports with Petty Enterprises most notably.
If the King himself couldn't stay afloat without help, how do all these new teams expect to survive?
I just don't get it. It seems strange to me these sponsors would rather hook up with a newbie, rather than come aboard with a DEI, Ganassi, Evernham or Petty.
More power to the little guys, I guess. I wish them well.