(At the time, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was also a co-owner of Chance 2 Motorsports.) JR Motorsports, which now competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, began in 2006 with support from the United States Navy. The team was created by Dale Earnhardt Sr., who died in 2001, and his brother Marshall. They hoped that having a family-owned team would help establish better relationships between drivers and their sponsors.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his debut at the age of 18 years old at the 2001 Daytona 500. He started 35th and finished 34th due to an accident involving Ken Schrader and Matt Kenseth. However, he did not finish last season's race due to an accident with Martin Truex Jr. In all, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has seven career races under the banner of the Daytona International Speedway with a best result of 4th. He has also earned $1 million dollars in career winnings.
After earning his driver's license at age 16, Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided to pursue a career in auto racing. He initially tried stock car racing, but after failing to make the Busch Series, he turned to NASCAR where he currently resides.
Besides being an owner/driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. also has sponsorship deals with GoDaddy and Monster Energy.
Earnhardt's first foray into ownership came in 2002 with Chance 2, a team that collaborated with Dale Earnhardt Inc. Earnhardt co-owned the 2004 and 2005 Xfinity Series championship teams with driver Martin Truex Jr. with that squad. He also owned the 2008 Sprint Cup Series team Go Fas Racing with driver Juan Pablo Montoya.
In 2009, Earnhardt joined forces with Robert Yates to form Yates Motorsports. The two planned to run full-time in the Sprint Cup Series with a car sponsored by Mountain Dew. However, after one season, the team shut down due to financial difficulties.
In 2011, Earnhardt returned to NASCAR with his own team, Earnhardt Incorporated. The team ran part-time during the season with several drivers including their regular driver Jeff Gordon who won the series title that year.
In 2012, Earnhardt went back to being just a driver when he teamed up with Joe Gibbs Racing for three races. During this time, he was battling cancer. In 2013, he returned to full-time racing with JGR.
2014 was a huge year for Earnhardt with him winning the first race of the season at Daytona International Speedway and going on to win the next five races in a row. This makes him the youngest winner of the Daytona 500.
JR Motorsports Information on JR Motorsports Dale Earnhardt Jr. owns JR Motorsports, a professional motorsport team. JR Motorsports competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with four full-time entrants and has three titles (2014, 2017 and 2018) as well as 46 series victories to its name. The team was founded in 2004 by Dale Earnhardt Jr., his brother Kerry Earnhardt and Bill Davis as an entry into the then-newly created NASCAR Cup Series. The team went on to become one of the most successful teams in the history of the series, with Dale Jr. becoming one of the most popular drivers in the sport.
Dale Jr.'s father, Dale Earnhardt, was one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR history and one of the most important figures in the development of the sport. He won seven championships across two different series (Cup and Nationwide), including five straight from 1998 to 2002. Dale Sr.'s death in the 2001 season-opening Daytona 500 led to a decline in performance for the rest of the year, which resulted in him not winning another race. However, he remains one of the most respected drivers in the history of the sport.
Dale Jr. first entered the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2004, when he partnered with his father's former crew chief, Larry Phillips, to win the first two races of the season.
Earnhardt's career as a team owner and businessman has progressed independently of his driving career. JR Motorsports employs over 140 employees and operates four full-time Xfinity Series entrants, as well as two late-model stock cars competing regionally in the Southeast.
When he is not working, Earnhardt enjoys playing guitar, watching NASCAR races on TV, and hanging out with his family. He also owns part of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets.
In addition to being one of the most successful race car drivers in American history, Earnhardt is also famous for his enthusiastic support of many social causes. These include efforts to protect our environment, improve health care for children, and increase awareness about mental illness.
Earnhardt was born on January 4th, 1974 in Mooresville, North Carolina. He grew up in England and France before moving back to America at age 16. The young driver started racing go-karts at local tracks in 1996 and became a national champion that same year. In 1998 he moved up to stock cars and won six races that season en route to his first NASCAR championship.
Since then he has won over 100 races including seven consecutive from 2004 to 2010. He currently sits third on the all-time wins list and is expected to continue driving into his 40s due to his successful business affairs.