On June 14, Dale Earnhardt Jr. released a Michigan Wolverines-themed car for the Pure Michigan 400 race, which will be held at the end of August. The unveiling was done at Axalta's manufacturing plant in Mt. Clemens, Michigan as General Motors was named Supplier of the Year for the second straight time.
Last year, Jeff Gordon raced in Penn State's blue at white at Pocono and the red and white of Texas A&M at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2014. The newest college-themed car in the Maize and Blue is the third year for the special theme for Axalta.
Earnhardt Jr., driving in the No. 88 car for most of his career, won theBusch Series in 1998 and 1999, the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014 and the Spring Cup Series Most Popular Driver 13 times across his career. He was one the Can-Am Duel, which selects the placements for the Daytona 500, in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2015 and 2016. The 41-year-old took home victories in 2003 and 2008 in the Sprint Unlimited and a victory in the 2000 Spring All-Star Race. He has run 592 races over 18 years in the NASCAR Spring Cup Series and 137 races over 20 years in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
The No. 88 has created a legacy for himself following the outstanding racing career by his father, Dale Earnhardt, who passed away during the 2001 Daytona 500 on the final lap of the race. During the race, Earnhardt Jr. finished second and his father died instantly of blunt force trauma to his head after hitting the outside wall head-on.
Earnhardt Jr. will fashion the Maize and Blue car in August at Michigan International Speedway.