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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hendrick Motorsports didn't look far for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s next crew chief, choosing a candidate already quite familiar with the organization.
Greg Ives, the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson's record run of five consecutive championships, will return to Hendrick next season as crew chief for NASCAR's most popular driver. Ives will replace Steve Letarte, who is stepping down at the end of the year for an analyst job with NBC Sports.
"Greg was our No. 1 choice," team owner Rick Hendrick said Wednesday. "This is a talented guy who already has a terrific rapport with Dale Jr. and is a fit with the organization."
|No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team slapped with heavy penalties|
NASCAR hit the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team with a points penalty of unprecedented magnitude for infractions discovered during Sunday's post-race inspection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the sanctioning body announced late Tuesday afternoon.
NASCAR inspectors found violations with the rear firewall block-off plates of the No. 11 Toyota driven to a third-place finish by Denny Hamlin. NASCAR rules mandate that the firewalls be sealed to prevent airflow from the inside to the outside of the car. (MORE)