Ep. 171: The Earnhardts race the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Part II
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.--Dale Earnhardt climbs into the car for the first time in the rain ...which turned out to be perfect conditions (3:30);--How Earnhardt begged to stay in the car beyond his scheduled time (4:30);--What impressed Earnhardt Jr. about how his father ran the race (5:45);--The impressive run turned in by Dale Jr. despite a few mistakes under immense self-induced pressure (7:00);--Dale Jr.'s first shunt (9:00), his second (10:00) and evaluations of his performance (13:00);--What the fan reception was like and why it moved Earnhardt (15:45);--The aftermath of the Rolex 24 and what would have been next for Earnhardt (18:00)--The plan to put Dale Earnhardt in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, perhaps as early as 2002 (20:00);--A touching tribute from Teresa Earnhardt to Corvette Racing (22:00);--In his own words, Dale Earnhardt talks about his love of the Corvette (22:45);--How Dale Jr. has honored his father and the Corvette legacy (23:45);--The special replica of the No. 3 Corvette that Dale Jr. has that means more to him now than ever (24:45);--The friendships that have lingered from the Rolex 24 for Dale Jr. and the promises he kept to them for his father (27:00);--Would Dale Jr. ever run the Rolex 24 again? The appeal of friendship and sports car racing (28:30);--Final thoughts on the legacy Earnhardt left with Corvette Racing fans (30:45);--Dale Earnhardt summarizes his 2001 Rolex 24 (31:30).