Dale Earnhardt Jr Explains Why He Will ‘Never Get Rid of’ Rolex 24 Car Which He Drove With His Father

Published 01/30/2021, 2:05 AM EST
DARLINGTON, SC – SEPTEMBER 3: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Sr. pose for a photograph after the Pepsi Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway on September 3, 2000 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)


Back in 2001, the legendary Dale Earnhardt made his Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona debut. To make matters even better, he was competing alongside his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Little did anyone know that it would be the last time they would ever race together.

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Speaking about that particular memory, Dale Jr admitted that it means a lot more to him now.

He said, “When we decided to have these cars made, I didn’t know dad was going to be taken from us, just a short time later. So the car became much more important to me because of that. This is a bit of a symbolic piece for me, something we did together at the end of his life.”

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Dale Jr revealed that he only has a few cars to his name. Out of those, there are one of two cars that he will never ever sell, and the car they drove together is one of them. Truthfully speaking, it was one of his most cherished memories of his late father.

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How did Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr perform in the race?

Driving alongside Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins, the father-son duo managed to finish in a respectable fourth. Little did anybody know that two months later, Dale Sr would tragically lose his life at the same track.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 4: Dale Earnhardt Sr. & Dale Earnhard, Jr. pose together at the raceway in Daytona Beach, Florinda on February 4, 2001. The Earhnardts and Andy Pilgram earned second in the GTS category during the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. (Photo by ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images)

Since then, Dale Earnhardt Jr has forged his own path in NASCAR. To the point that he is his own man, rather than being known as the son of the late great Dale Earnhardt.

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Now, the 46-year-old is a happily retired man, though he does like to return on occasion for a couple of Xfinity Series cameos. In addition to that, he also has his own Xfinity Series team.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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