Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. finish his career at JR Motorsports, not HMS?

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There’s little doubt that if he wants to, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will likely spend the rest of his NASCAR racing  career at Hendrick Motorsports.

But will he?

Somewhat lost in the shuffle of his regular Friday media session at Kansas Speedway, Earnhardt had a blockbuster-type revelation: that he holds out hope of someday racing for his own JR Motorsports (see his comments below).

Earnhardt essentially said that he’d potentially like to “retire” (our emphasis, not his)  to the Nationwide Series once his days at HMS are over.

That’s both surprising and intriguing.

Had stepmother Teresa Earnhardt given him control of what is now the defunct Dale Earnhardt Inc., after the two battled over its control in 2006 and 2007, who knows where Junior would be today.

Back then, Junior even talked about someday outright buying DEI – the company his late father started back in 1994 – back from Teresa Earnhardt, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anymore since DEI no longer exists.

Earnhardt talked about how the Nationwide Series program runs at JRM, but then segued into how he may potentially end his racing career.

Here’s his comments:

Well the Nationwide Series is a year to year deal,” Earnhardt said. “Our sponsorships are short term compared to the Cup level so our relationships with our drivers have to fit in those windows as well.

That is nothing unusual about going year to year or every two years with a driver contract. We do the same thing with the sponsorships as well sometimes. We would love to have longer agreements, but that just depends on the money just like every other piece of the puzzle.

The money really has a big effect on it. I am really happy that we are basically going to have a carbon copy of what we did this year next season.

We have had a lot of success and I think we can build on that and everything is going to stay in place and we are going to go on down the road. On down the road is just 12 months.

When you talk about the Cup Series you look a little further. I would like to race for that company one day, so I hope to keep it healthy until that opportunity presents itself whenever I’m done Cup racing to jump in a Nationwide car and do that for a couple of years in my own shop.”

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Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”