There will be an Earnhardt in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this year with the announcement that Jeffrey Earnhardt will compete with StarCom Racing.
On Tuesday SCR and Earnhardt announced a pairing that will put the fourth-generation driver in the No. 00 Chevrolet starting with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18. Earnhardt and the team are guaranteed into each event as SCR has leased the No.27 charter from Richard Childress Racing.
VRX Simulators will be Earnhardt’s sponsor.
“I am so appreciative of everyone at StarCom Racing and VRX for having confidence in me and making this a reality,” Earnhardt said. “There’s been an Earnhardt driving in the [Daytona] 500 for 39 years, so to be able to keep that streak going for a 40th year means a lot to me, and I’m sure a lot of Earnhardt fans are going to be happy to hear this news.”
Jeffrey’s uncle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., retired at the end of the 2017 season. His grandfather is NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt, who competed in the premier series from 1975-2001.
The Daytona 500 will be Earnhardt’s 59th career start. Last season, Earnhardt drove the No.33 for Joe Falk and Curtis Key, finishing 36th in points before the two owners split this offseason.
StarCom Racing was formed last season with former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope piloting the car in two races. Cope is also the team manager. Tony Furr is the team crew chief.
“It was imperative for our young team to have a sponsored driver for our start-up year, and we did have several options,” Cope said. “We felt that Jeffrey was the best fit for our team and VRX has already shown the type of enthusiasm and commitment that SCR has both for Jeffrey and for the sport. It will be a very exciting year for us.”