When it comes to driving cars, the Dale Earnhardt Jr. family is as loyal as it is unique – and as expensive
The Dale Earnhart Jr. brand is synonymous with a certain type of Americana that’s always been in demand and always had a certain amount of appeal.
It’s not just cars, but motorcycles, sports cars and even planes, that are part of that iconic, iconic Americana.
The family’s name is so ubiquitous, it’s almost a badge of honor.
But there’s something special about driving a car, and that means a lot to the Earnhardt family, even when it’s a high-priced luxury vehicle that’s rarely seen outside the NASCAR circuit.
On Tuesday, Dale Jr. will return to the Daytona 500 at the site where his grandfather raced from 1908 to 1963.
The historic event is held in Daytona Beach, Florida, and for years, it was the only event on the annual NASCAR schedule that featured a NASCAR racecar.
But as the Dale family and its loyal followers have grown over the years, NASCAR has added more events that use its racecar as part of their schedule.
For years, that meant the Dale Jr.-led team used the Denny Hamlin-led crew to race at Daytona International Speedway in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
When it comes time to unveil a new car at Daytona next year, Earnhardt’s family has always been the first ones on the block.
And they will not be the last.
“We’ll do our best to be there every year, but it’s always going to be the family,” said Dale Earnham Sr., who will return for the 50th anniversary of the Daytona race at the new facility.
“It’s the Dixie days.”
“The Dale Earnhatts of the world are the greatest racing families that ever lived.
We’re going to have the biggest and best car in the world.
That’s not going to change.”NASCAR announced in May that it would be using the D-Day event to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of NASCAR’s first race at an Indianapolis racetrack, when Jimmie Johnson drove the No. 4 car at the 1957 Daytona 500.
But it’s not a one-off event, as it has been in previous years, and Earnhardt Sr. said he expects to see plenty of family members driving their favorite cars on the track this year.
“It’s just so cool to see all these people that I grew up with, all those cars and trucks, and all those guys and girls that I’ve been racing with for so long,” Earnhardt said.
“I’ve been around them a long time.
So I know that they’re just going to do whatever it takes to be on the front row.””
I think they’re going be so happy,” Earnham said of the new D-day car.
“This is something that they can be proud of and be proud to drive.
They’re not going anywhere.”
For Earnhardt, it’ll be a different experience.
The event will be his first at the newly expanded D-DAY complex, which will include a track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the new Cooper Tires Cup Series.NASCAR said the DOOH facility is the first of its kind in the U.S., adding that it will be open to the public in May and open to spectators on the weekends of the 500 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events.
Earnhardt will race his first race in the NASCAR-sanctioned NASCAR Campings Cup Series at Daytona, May 6-9.
Earnhardt has been involved in a number of other major events, including the Super Bowl, the NFL All-Star Game and the Superbowl XLVIII.
And he’ll have a chance to return to a familiar face this weekend.
Earnham will be in Daytona for the Daytona 200, the biggest race of the year, when he competes in the final round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Earnhart Jr., the youngest of six sons, said he doesn’t know what he will do once he returns to the race track after his Daytona 500 visit.
But he has plenty of memories of the old track that he can pass on to his sons.
“I’ve always loved racing,” Earnhart said.
“When I was a kid, the track was just a dream.
I love it now.””
It was a dream to be able to race there.”