Dale Earnhardt, Jr., winner of the 2004 Daytona 500 and one of the biggest stars in NASCAR racing, will bring his skills to a different form of the sport when he drives a Corvette in the July 18 American Le Mans Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
A two-time winner already in the young NASCAR Nextel Cup season in the Budweiser Chevrolet, including the most recent event at Atlanta, Earnhardt will make a rare foray outside of stock car racing when he joins the General Motors Chevrolet Corvette racing team in the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma. He will co-drive with veteran road racer Boris Said in a third Chevrolet Corvette C5-R fielded by Corvette Racing, the car carrying Earnhardt's famous #8.
The three-car team for the event will reunite Earnhardt with the Corvette team, a bond that began at the 2001 running of the 24 Hours of Daytona where Earnhardt, Jr., and his father, the late Dale Earnhardt, finished fourth overall in their first-ever sports car race.
"I am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Corvette C5-R because it is such a great race car," said Earnhardt, Jr. "I'm happy that Chevy has given me the chance to cross over and take part in its sports car program, which has been a huge success. Boris Said has a lot of experience at Infineon Raceway, and I'm getting better there, so it should be a fun weekend."