Ep. 170: The Earnhardts race the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Part I
By Nate Ryan, NASCAR on NBC Sports
In a narrative edition of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast, we recall when Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. teamed to race the No. 3 Corvette in the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.--The origins of how it happened (2:30);--How well the Earnhardts knew IMSA and sports cars (5:00);--How The Intimidator wanted to be treated like anyone else on the team (7:30);--The Rolex 24 business opportunities and big picture viewpoints for Dale Earnhardt (10:30);--How Earnhardt, who was confident of driving four hours at a time from his NASCAR career, came around to handing off the car on a more frequent basis (13:00);--Getting the Earnhardts up to speed in a memorably impactful test at Sebring International Raceway that prompted some father-son rivalry (17:00);--How the Earnhardts bonded with each other and the Corvette Racing crew in the experience (24:00);--The sports car communicty embraces Earnhardt while NASCAR expresses some unease with the seven-time champion running the Rolex 24 (28:00).