Back in 2020, NASCAR’s most popular driver, co-owner of JR Motorsports, and longtime sim racer Dale Earnhardt Jr officially joined iRacing as an executive director and part of the company’s management committee.
In a two-part interview, Dale Jr talks about his role at iRacing, his friendships made through sim racing, and working on the iRacing 1987 NASCAR cars.
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Through the end of his full-time stock-car racing career, Dale Earnhardt Jr. amassed 26 career victories, including the 2004 and 2014 Daytona 500s. His 26 victories tie him for 29th on NASCAR’s all-time race winners list.
He also has 13 pole positions and eight non-points wins (five in the Daytona 500 qualifying Duel, two in the Clash, and one All-Star Race victory). Even though he was sidelined for the second half of the 2016 season with a concussion, Earnhardt still managed to find success, scoring a victory in his preseason Daytona 500 qualifying Duel and earning four runner-up finishes through the first 18 races. Overall, Earnhardt has qualified for the NASCAR playoffs eight times (2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015).
Earnhardt is the only third-generation NASCAR champion, achieved when he won the 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Xfinity Series titles. He follows his legendary father Dale Earnhardt Sr., a seven-time Cup champion and winner of 76 races, and his grandfather, Ralph Earnhardt, the 1956 NASCAR Sportsman champion.