Races, tracks, drivers and all the drama that comes along with it
Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:06 am
#88 unsponsored for 13 races: NASCAR's most popular driver will enter the 2013 season with 13 unsponsored races. But team owner Rick Hendrick doesn't seem concerned that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 has open inventory. Hendrick said there has been plenty of interest from sponsors and that he is more concerned with finding a match that will work beyond 2013. "We've got a lot of good opportunities," Hendrick said during Wednesday's stop of the Sprint Media Tour. "The way we're positioned, the car is covered until the end of the summer. I don't have a deadline [for a deal]. I'm not looking at a timeline. I'm looking at the right deal." Hendrick said he was close on two or three deals, but "we haven't put any line in the sand." It was announced last year that National Guard would be on Earnhardt's car for 20 races in 2013. Diet Mountain Dew was contracted for 16 races in 2012 with PepsiCo having the sponsorship rights for 20 races.
Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:24 pm
finally caught up to em....
Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:03 pm
Not really hard to believe. They are pushing for a multi year sponsor, not a fill in for just a few races. If and when they decide to give up on landing a whale of a sponsor, they will fill those 13 races in with another sponsor in a heartbeat.
Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:36 pm
Perhaps Junior could use some of his investments to sponsor his car. I've seen where Jimmie Johnson has done it with his Foundation. Money is money no matter which pocket it comes out of.
Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:42 am
I think they wanted to lump all the unsponsored races together into 1 sponsorship, but that now seems unlikely. I really don't think Joonya or Rick is worried about it...
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:29 am
if they dont get a sponsor i wouldnt be surprised if mr h would sponsor it with hendricks.com
Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:47 pm
I think it is a sign of the ecomomy. It is expensive & companies do not allocate money like they did 10 yrs ago.
Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:21 am
I hope he gets a good sponsor. I miss seeing the Coors Lite car and the Jack Daniels one too.
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:12 am
still no word on whether he picked up any sponsorship.
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:10 pm
They've had lots of one or two race offers but are looking for someone to take over the whole 13 races.