“We’re excited to have everything formalized and announced. Junior and I had a handshake agreement months ago, and we let other people work out the finer points from there. It was as simple and smooth as it gets. My feelings haven’t changed since the day he first signed with us. I’m committed as ever to putting him in the best possible situation to be successful and compete for wins and championships.” Rick Hendrick said on Thursday after signing Junior to a five-year contract extension.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. currently ninth in the 2011 point standings agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with Hendrick Motorsports through the end of the 2017 NASCAR season. Dale will be 43 when his contract expires.
“It’s great to have it all wrapped up so quickly and far in advance. Rick and I were on the same page from the first time we talked about it, so there wasn’t any sense in waiting. There were never any questions or hesitations from either of us. It was just, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’
I’m really happy at Hendrick Motorsports and enjoy working with everyone here. The team’s been very competitive this season, and we’re all excited about the direction of things. I want to make sure we’re giving our fans something to cheer about for a long time.” Said Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has 18 Cup victories since joining the Sprint Cup circuit full-time in 2000.