Hendrick 'very close' on sponsorship deal for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Monday, Jun. 10, 2013
LONG POND, PA - JUNE 09: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, stands on the grid during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the Poconos 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 9, 2013 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
NASCARs most popular driver should have his car fully adorned with sponsorship decals the rest of the year.
In January, Hendrick Motorsports said there remained 13 unsold races on Dale Earnhardt Jr.s No. 88 Chevrolet for the 2013 season. The races lacking sponsorship were pushed to the second half of the season.
Team owner Rick Hendrick on Monday said HMS was very close to a new multi-year sponsorship deal for Earnhardts ride in the Sprint Cup Series.
Ive not been worried about it because we could sell it if we wanted to piecemeal it. Weve been looking for the future, Hendrick told the Charlotte Observer.
We dont want to get into (sponsor relationships) where you see somebody one time and you dont seem them anymore after that.
I am very confident that in the next couple of weeks we should have not only this year (covered) but we should have a lot done for next year, too.
Hendrick said in January he has had companies interested in sponsoring Earnhardt for the entire season but that would conflict with the organizations current sponsor contracts. The majority of the No. 88's season is currently sponsored by the National Guard, Diet Mountain Dew and AMP Energy.