EARNHARDT DEBUT FOR HMS
Much of the focus on the Monday-Tuesday Car of Tomorrow test at AMS will be on Dale Earnhardt Jr.
, who will make his debut in a Hendrick Motorsports car.
Earnhardt was given permission from Dale Earnhardt Inc. to test the car he'll drive next season.
Future HMS teammate Jimmie Johnson
said it will be a big step.
"It's really going to be the icebreaker for the way things work at HMS," he said. "We've been fortunate to have [Earnhardt crew chief Tony] Eury Jr. in here working and getting to understand the system. Time is everything and the off-season is so short.
"Every chance we can have to get Junior into a car around our engineers and management and the other drivers is only going to help. So I'm really happy to hear that he's going to be able to drive a Hendrick car in the Atlanta test."
, the driver Earnhardt will replace, also will be working for his future owner. He will be in the No. 18 driven by J.J. Yeley
, who will be in the No. 96 car at Hall of Fame Racing.
-- David Newton