Since the earliest days of NASCAR there has been at least one Earnhardt behind the wheel of a race car winging their way around a track.
First there was Ralph Earnhardt, then came Dale Sr who died on the last lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001, then came Dale Jr who announced his retirement from driving last year. Dale Jr’s departure from driving left some question as to whether or not the sport would see another Earnhardt in NASCAR.
Thanks to StarCo Racing, the tradition of an Earnhardt on a NASCAR track will continue with Jeffrey – Kerry’s son and Dale Sr’s grandson. Jeffrey Earnhardt is a fourth generation NASCAR driver.
Star Com Racing has acquired one of the NASCAR charters for the Monster Energy Cup Series that will ensure Earnhardt a spot in each race.
StarCom Racing is managed by former driver and Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope. Earnhardt’s crew chief will be Tony Furr for the number 00 Chevrolet.
VRX Simulators out of British Columbia will be the primary sponsor for Earnhardt’s car
VRS Simulators founder Robert Stanners noted that they had been working on a deal for seven years, “and it is finally go time.” Stanners continued, “we are proud to continue Earnhardt Nation and its legacy for the 40th year in the 60th running of the Daytona 500.”
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