IndyCar and NASCAR Series drivers share Nationwide Guard Sponsorship, thinking about swapping rides
By: Autoweek Staff on March 24, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Dale Earnhardt Jr. seems interested in trading in his Chevrolet SS for am Indy vehicle — at least for one particular day.
IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal explained he expects a race auto swap with Dale Earnhardt Jr. to occur simply because it truly is terrific publicity for the National Guard, which sponsors the 2 drivers and their teams.
“At the end of the day, it is really great for the Guard,” Rahal advised Autoweek on Monday. “It undoubtedly offers them a heck of a lot of media consideration.”
The queries now center on approval from Hendrick Motorsports crew proprietor Rick Hendrick, who could not be reached for comment, and settling on a track which is protected adequate for this kind of an encounter.
Rahal advised they consider Indianapolis Motor Speedway’;s revamped road program, but Earnhardt indicated in their Sunday evening Twitter exchange that he is more interested in an oval track. Several track presidents have publicly provided their amenities. The 2 drivers even mentioned Daytona and Talladega.
Rahal hopes they settle on Indy, despite the fact that he acknowledges that the 2.5-mile oval probably would be harder for him than Earnhardt. But, that is the greatest spot for the Daytona 500 winner to encounter an Indy auto, he explained.
“The speed at Indy is going to truly feel quick to him, and which is entertaining,” Rahal explained. “If we go to a whole lot of other places and give him a good deal of downforce (for security) and allow ‘er rip, it is not going to be the very same impact.
“But it is got to be secure.”
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