Even veteran NASCAR racers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. still have mountains to climb.
Take, for example, Junior’s recent drive in a 757-horsepower Callaway Corvette for a segment on the weekend edition of the NBC TODAY show.
“That’s probably the fastest I’ve been in a street car ever,” Earnhardt admitted after taking TODAY host Wilie Geist shotgun on a series of 180mph laps around Talladega Superspeedway.
“The Callaway SC757 is the fastest street car I have ever driven, period. There was much more left in that car than we put down on the track.”
That’s saying a lot for someone like Earnhardt, who happens to own a Corvette Z06.
Earnhardt’s long racing career and his upcoming move to the broadcast booth following his retirement after this season were the focus of the “Sunday Sitdown” segment on TODAY.
He talks about his father, who died in a racing accident in 2001: “He just was everybody’s hero, and it didn’t take him long when he would meet a new person that he would have that impact on them,” Earnhardt said. “People loved him.”
He also discusses his relationship with his wife, Amy, and what she has meant to his life, noting that he is “absolutely” a different person since meeting her.
“I didn’t just change immediately – it took a while,” he said. “She’s made me smarter, kinder, more thoughtful person. Not just for her – for everyone.”
Earnhardt also shares whether he has any fear when he climbs behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS, his upcoming job as an NBC Sports analyst and whether this might be a “Michael Jordan retirement” where he comes back after a little time away.
“I don’t think so,” he smiled. “The travel and being away from my family and my life, and I want to experience raising a child and just be normal.”
Callaway Cars founder Reeves Callaway is also featured on the show, calling it a day to remember for his company.
“I loved seeing Junior, flat out, smiling, and comfortable in the Callaway,” Callaway said. “Junior drives a Z06 personally, so seeing the smile on his face was worth a thousand words. Then, to have Junior qualify on the pole – that made a memorable day for all of us.”
In case you’d like to relive Junior’s experience behind the wheel of a C7 Callaway, you can order one from any Callaway Authorized General Motors dealership. Call 866-927-9400 or visit CallawayCars.com for more details.
Watch the video of the entire segment at Today.com
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