Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be a part of NBC Sports activities Group’s protection of inventory automotive racing subsequent yr — and there could also be extra choices for NASCAR’s hottest driver as soon as he retires.
The settlement with NBCUniversal will permit Earnhardt to pursue “a variety of alternatives within the firm’s media companies, together with films, tv, podcasts, and different areas.” The settlement was introduced Monday by NBC Sports activities Chairman Mark Lazarus and NBC Sports activities Government Producer and President of Manufacturing Sam Flood.
“We’re excited to welcome Dale Jr. to our workforce — each on and off the monitor,” Lazarus stated. “As an organization, NBCUniversal permits for expertise to stretch themselves throughout not simply their area of experience, however throughout different areas of their pursuits within the media world.”
Earnhardt introduced in April he would retire after this season, partially due to his damage historical past. Two huge crashes final summer time pressured him out of the ultimate 18 races, and he missed two races through the 2012 playoffs additionally due to concussion-associated signs. The forty two-yr-previous Earnhardt intends to compete in two Xfinity Collection races subsequent season and plans to be concerned within the sport in different methods — when his broadcasting duties permit it.
The NASCAR races subsequent yr will air on both NBC Sports activities or Fox channels. This yr, NBC Sports activities Group will air the ultimate 20 Cup Collection races and the ultimate 19 Xfinity occasions.
“It’s a large honor not solely to hitch NBC Sports activities subsequent yr however to start a brand new profession alongside individuals who love NASCAR as a lot as I do,” Earnhardt stated. “To be reunited with Steve Letarte, to have the ability to name legends like Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty teammates slightly than simply associates, to have the ability to proceed going to the monitor and connecting with race followers, it is a privilege I do not take frivolously. I’ll dedicate my coronary heart and soul to this broadcast group and pledge my best possible to the tens of millions who watch it.”
Earnhardt has 26 profession victories, together with the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500, placing him twenty ninth on NASCAR’s all-time race winners listing. His father, Dale Earnhardt, gained seven Cup titles and seventy six Cup races in his storied profession.
NBC stated it was additionally partnering with Earnhardt on a few of his different companies, together with Soiled Mo Media and Hammerhead Leisure.