Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Wednesday he is
joining Hendrick Motorsports, moving him one step closer toward the
championship that has eluded him while driving for his late
The decision ends five weeks of recruiting for NASCAR's most
popular driver, who became a free agent May 10 when he said he
would leave DEI at the end of this season.
His criteria for a new team included finding a place he could
win championships, and Hendrick is the perfect fit. Hendrick has
won six championships, and has 10 wins through 14 points races this
"It became apparent to me the man I wanted to drive for,"
Earnhardt said. "He competes with integrity and most importantly,
he wins races."