Twitter conversation between drivers is gaining traction
By: Related Press on March 29, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal have been speaking about switching automobiles by way of Twitter. Nevertheless, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not manufactured an official request to Chevrolet, which sponsors him.
Chevrolet has not obtained an official request from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to swap race cars with Honda driver Graham Rahal.
Earnhardt and Rahal are both sponsored this year by Army National Guard, and Rahal reached out to Earnhardt last week via Twitter to see if NASCAR’;s most well-known driver was interested in swapping vehicles.
The Twitter conversation sparked tons of fan interest, and the guard mentioned it desired to be part of a swap. But Earnhardt speedily quieted the talk 2 days later on when he said he could not drive a Honda. Chevrolet and Honda are direct competitors in the IndyCar Series.
Jim Campbell, the U.S. Vice President Functionality Autos and Motorsports for Chevy, said Saturday the manufacturer would contemplate any proposal to drive an Indy auto from Earnhardt but till then, any speak about a manufacture conflict is premature.
“If we get a proposal, we’;ll get a look at it and we’;ll search at it with an open set of eyes. The rest is hypothetical,” Campbell told The Related Press. “Broadly speaking about any Chevy driver that is at the moment on our roster, if they made a decision to go race in an additional class or series, of course we’;d really like to see them in Chevys. There’;s no doubt about that.
“In some circumstances it works out like that, and in some instances it isn’;t going to.”
Earnhardt has driven only Chevrolets because his 1996 NASCAR debut. His 2 races in sports activities automobiles were in a Corvette. He did drive a Pontiac in 2 seasons of exhibition IROC competitors in 1999 and 2000, but all drivers in that series competed in identically-ready Pontiacs.
He’;s also the proprietor of a Chevrolet dealership in Tallahassee, and his late father’;s dealership in North Carolina is nonetheless operating.
So he predicted Tuesday that acquiring into Rahal’;s Honda would be a big conflict.
“Properly, he drives a Honda, which is more than just a velocity bump,” Earnhardt explained earlier this week. “If I needed to drive an IndyCar, I am certain I could get with Penske or somebody who owned a Chevy and get a couple laps someplace. But it would have been entertaining to do that with Graham since of the romantic relationship with our sponsor and the background of our households.
“I search forward to meeting him one day, but I feel the fact he has a connection with a different producer is going to make it challenging — if not not possible — for me to drive that certain car.”
Chevrolet fields cars in IndyCar for the 2 Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi, 2 owners who also compete in NASCAR and could offer Earnhardt a automobile to drive.
Kurt Busch, who presently drives a Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR, will drive a Honda for Andretti Autosport in the Indianapolis 500. He was encouraged by Chevrolet ahead of finishing the deal with Andretti to function with a Chevrolet crew for Indy, but the manufacturer in the long run agreed he could drive for Andretti.
Andretti was a Chevrolet staff, and Busch examined a Chevy for Andretti last yr when he first started pursuing the Indy 500. But the organization moved to Honda this 12 months.
“We had a fantastic 2-year run with Andretti Autosport and when he did his authentic test, Andretti was with Chevy,” Campbell stated. “The conversation started when it was a Chevy group, and it just kept going. We would definitely have liked to see Kurt in a Chevy for the 500, it just did not operate out.”
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