Earnhardt Jr. to Drive #88 at 2008 Daytona 500

Ever since it was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was leaving DEI for Hendrick Motorsports, there has been wide speculation about who Junior would drive for. This week Hendrick Motorsports announced that Dale Jr. would drive the #88 car, and be sponsored by Mountain Dew’s Amp Energy drink (a Pepsico product) and the Army National Guard.

Apparently much of the negotiating behind the scenes, was to determine which number car he would drive. DEI ownership refused to release Earnhardt Jr’s now famous #8, so he picked the #88 car to pay homage to his old number.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be driving the #88 car when he races at Daytona next year during the 2008 Daytona 500. Click here to buy 2008 Daytona 500 Tickets.

Dale Earnhardt Jr’s new #88 cars for AMP and the National Guard.