Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s post-driving slate continues to fill up.
Earnhardt and NBC Sports announced last July he would be joining the broadcast team to call the second half of the NASCAR season. Tuesday, NBC revealed Earnhardt is going to also contribute to its network in other ways prior to the start of the racing season – the Super Bowl and PyeongChang Olympic Games.
The former Hendrick Motorsports competitor and 15-time Most Popular Driver will make his first trip to the Super Bowl next month and make his NBC debut when he participates in the pregame show. Super Bowl LII is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota this year and Earnhardt will get to share his adventures from around the spectacle “as he takes part in some of the outdoor events and activities taking place in town leading up to kickoff,” according to a release by NBC.
In late February, Earnhardt will head to PyeongChang to explore “the culture, people and traditions in South Korea” for the Winter Olympics. Among his destinations will be a sport Earnhardt can compare through the lens of a racer” – speed skating. He will also travel to Alpensia Sliding Center to test the speed of a bobsled.
“Dale is a star on the racetrack and off, and we are excited to have him join the NBC team,” said executive producer and president Sam Flood. “It will be fun to have him be a part of our coverage of the Super Bowl, and we look forward to watching him explore a new work with the Winter Olympics.”
Said Earnhardt, “I’m excited to get to work with my new NBC family. Beginning with two huge events like the Super Bowl and Olympics, right out of the gate, should be quite the introduction. I’m looking forward to raising the profile of NASCAR, and all that we’re going to be doing during the 2018 season.”
Following these two assignments, Earnhardt will travel to Daytona International Speedway to serve as the grand marshal for the 60th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 18.