HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS MAKES PERSONNEL ADJUSTMENTS FOR 2011

MARK MARTIN, JEFF GORDON & DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO RACE WITH NEW CREW CHIEFS

CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 23, 2010) – Hendrick Motorsports has made personnel adjustments in preparation for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. being teamed with new crew chiefs.

Below are the driver-crew chief pairings for each Hendrick Motorsports car, effective immediately:


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No. 5 Chevrolet
Driver: Mark Martin
Crew Chief: Lance McGrew

No. 24 Chevrolet
Driver: Jeff Gordon
Crew Chief: Alan Gustafson

No. 48 Chevrolet
Driver: Jimmie Johnson
Crew Chief: Chad Knaus

No. 88 Chevrolet
Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Crew Chief: Steve Letarte

The cars of Martin and four-time Sprint Cup champion Gordon will be fielded out of the same facility, now known as the 5/24 shop. Earnhardt Jr.’s Chevrolets will be prepared out of the renamed 48/88 shop alongside those of five-time and defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

“This will improve us as an organization, across the board,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “We had a championship season (in 2010), but we weren’t where we wanted and needed to be with all four teams. We’ve made the right adjustments, and I’m excited to go racing with this lineup.”

ABOUT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS:
Since 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 194 race victories and a record 10 car owner championships in NASCAR’s premier division, the Sprint Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Sprint Cup circuit with drivers Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Headquartered in Concord, N.C., Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 500 people. For more information, please visit www.HendrickMotorsports.com, www.twitter.com/TeamHendrick and www.facebook.com/HendrickMotorsports.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I think it is about time Rick Hendrick
    gives Dale Jr a good old talking to like Sr. would have. Jr. is a great Driver but know he is not living up to what we as his fans know he can.
    In Oct of this year he lost one of his biggest fans.
    My Husband passed away on Oct 2. we had been talking about jr.s chaces for next year, he believed in his heart that jr will win the cup in 2011.
    Dale Salge

  2. Well does Jr get a new diaper and rattle when does he grow up he is a man. Im a Gordon fan but every time Jr car not up to par he gives up Jimmy stays calm and gives good info and they fix it not yell at crew chief and blame him. Grow up Jr and he is not the only driver that needs to grow up. Watch and listen to the 48 team on of the best all time teams and I mean TEAMS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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