The 2017 NASCAR Cup Sequence shall be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s remaining season after he introduced his retirement earlier this yr. By way of Earnhardt Jr.’s 18 seasons and greater than 600 races, the star racer clinched two Daytona 500 wins in his profession.
So, what’s a correct retirement present for somebody of Earnhardt Jr.’s stature? How about his father’s outdated race automobile?
At Talladega Superspeedway, the observe operators introduced Earnhardt Jr. with Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s former No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The senior Earnhardt drove the automobile in 1979 in his rookie Cup season and received his first championship with it in 1980. Technically, the state of Alabama owns the automobile, however Jalopnik experiences the automobile has been on “everlasting mortgage” to the Worldwide Motorsports Corridor of Fame, the place the very particular Monte Carlo has resided in recent times.
Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch mentioned there isn’t any higher dwelling for the automobile than with Earnhardt Jr., and mentioned it is an “honor to current the race automobile his father drove to his first championship to him.” Earnhardt junior mentioned he’d by no means pushed something just like the No. 2 Monte Carlo and expressed utmost appreciation for the automobile after he took it for a spin across the observe.
“I really like to have the ability to sit within the automobile and simply see the attitude of … what the view was like. So completely different than our vehicles immediately. No headrests or nothing like that. Simply sort of see all the pieces and a whole lot of wind transferring round, and fairly loopy,” he mentioned.
Earnhardt Jr. received six instances at Talladega throughout his profession, although he missed out on making it a seventh time on the Alabama 500 this previous Sunday. What’s going to he do along with his spare time post-2017? The well-known racing character had beforehand introduced he would transfer to actuality TV; he continues to work on a DIY Community tv sequence along with his spouse, Amy.