Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2000

Junior slated for night work during 24 hours of Daytona

October 19, 2000


Dale Earnhardt doesn't plan to work the nightshift when he teams with son Dale Jr. and road racer Andy Pilgrim next year in the 24 Hours of Daytona.

"I'm going to let Dale Jr. drive at night because he's always up all night anyway," the seven-time Winston Cup champion said of assignments for the endurance race Feb. 3-4 at Daytona International Speedway.

The drivers will share a yellow and white No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R on Daytona's road course.

"I've always looked at that type of racing, and more importantly that type of car, and wondered what it would be like to run an endurance race," Earnhardt said. "In our world, an endurance race is four or five hours, so the challenge of a 24-hour race is especially interesting to me."

Earnhardt, the Winston 500 winner Sunday in Talladega, Ala., has a record 34 victories in stock cars at Daytona.

Top Cat: Sam Hornish Jr., one of the Indy Racing League's top rookies, will drive for Pennzoil Panther Racing in 2001.

Hornish, 21, of Defiance, Ohio, finished 21st in points this season for PDM Racing, and was fourth in the rookie standings. He was third in the Vegas Indy 300 in April.

Hornish replaces Scott Goodyear, the team's driver since its inception in 1998. Goodyear won the season-ending Excite 500 on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hornish was the 1999 Toyota Atlantic rookie of the year.

Jumping Beam: Mike Beam, Elliott Sadler's crew chief for two seasons, has left the Wood Brothers to join Galaxy Motorsports as team manager.

Beam will work with driver Wally Dallenbach Jr. and crew chief Newt Moore on the Galaxy Ford. Dallenbach is 34th in the season standings, four places behind Sadler.

The 44-year-old Beam has been a crew chief since 1981. His cars have two victories, 13 poles and 90 top-10 finishes.

Cook Out: NASCAR truck series driver Terry Cook has left SealMaster Racing, ending their run of 93 starts.

The 32-year-old Cook, who won the 1998 race in Flemington, N.J., is 14th in the season standings with one event left.

Cook's brother, Jerry, will remain the team's crew chief, management consultant Tim Stephens said.

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