NASCAR Fans React as Central Hendrick Motorsports Crew Figure Announces Retirement

Published 08/26/2022, 2:10 PM EDT
TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 30: Crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, Greg Ives stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Earlier, news broke that long-time NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports crew chief, Greg Ives, was retiring. The 42-year-old has been with the Hendrick Motorsports organization for more than a decade.

Now, after many faithful years with the team, he is officially hanging up his boots for good at the end of the 2022 season.


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Obviously, when 2023 arrives, Bowman will link up with a new crew chief, but he will still fondly remember Ives. According to Ives, the driving factor behind his decision was his desire to be with his family.

In his words, he has been on the road for 17 seasons and wanted to spend some time with his children. Now, he is excited to lead the #48 car into the Playoffs for the last time in his career.


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Bowman was glad to link up with Ives for seven Cup Series wins in his career. Now, he is hoping to add a few more to the cabinet, and hopefully the title as a perfect farewell present. Truthfully speaking, that could be a very difficult task, with teammates Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson, on song. However, a man can dream, and anything can happen in the Playoffs.


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It is worth mentioning that Ives has admitted in his statement that he wants to be there for his ‘Hendrick family’. Interpret it however you want, Ives is looking forward to the next step in his life and career. As far as his accolades go, he was part of the five-time championship-winning team between 2006 and 2010 with Jimmie Johnson.

He began his career all the way back in 2004 as an engineer for Hendrick Motorsports. Since then, he progressed within the organization and was an integral part in Johnson’s team in his dominant days.


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Dhruv George

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