307 - Ray Evernham: Creative Genius
One of the most innovate individuals to ever grace the NASCAR garage, Hall of Fame Crew Chief Ray Evernham joins Dale Earnhardt Jr on the Download. The two-good friends talk about Ray's racing career on the Jersey Shore. Dale Jr. learns about the horrific crash that left Ray with a severe head injury and a unexpected new career path. Evernham discusses his time with the IROC Series, working with Dave Marcus and other Motorsports legends. So, just how did he end up as Jeff Gordon's crew chief? Dale Jr finds out as Ray details the dynamic duo's humble beginnings and the big move to Hendrick Motorsports. Does the statute of limitations apply? Dale Jr. attempts to get Ray to open up about the famed racecar named "T-Rex," and tell the real story behind its ban from NASCAR competition. Why did he just up and leave during the Hendrick dynasty? Evernham shares his thoughts on the move to start a team with Dodge. News broke last week that Ray and Tony Stewart are creating a new racing series called Superstar Racing Experience. Evernham gives us inside information on the intent of SRX in the motorsports landscape, the goal for racecar design and what types of racercar drivers will be in the exclusive field when the new series debuts.
With Mike Davis on vacation, Producer Matthew Dillner steps in to chat with Dale about the much awaited release of Lost Speedways on Peacock TV and the overwhelming reaction after it came out. The two discuss their relationship and how an unusual hobby led to an unlikely television program. Dale Jr. takes off his broadcaster hat and explains Noah Gragson's run-ins in the Xfinity Series, and how he manages his expectations for the young driver. All of that and a bag of chips on a fresh edition of the Dale Jr. Download.
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