Changes At DEI

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt, Inc. has announced various internal motorsports promotions effective for the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Tony Eury, Sr. has been promoted from Crew Chief of the No. 8 Chevrolet to Director of Competition. Steve Hmiel, previous Director of Competition, will now be the Technical Director for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

During his tenure as Crew Chief, Eury Sr. led Earnhardt, Jr. to two NASCAR Busch Series Championships and 15 NASCAR Nextel Cup victories including the 2004 Daytona 500 and 2000 All-Star Race. He also led Dale Earnhardt to 21 Busch Series victories.

Pete Rondeau has been moved to the Crew Chief position of the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet. He took over as Crew Chief on the No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet during the latter portion of the 2004 Nextel Cup Series season. Rondeau led Earnhardt, Jr. to a Busch Series win at Bristol Motor Speedway this year and Ron Fellows to a second-place finish at Watkins Glen International.

Tony Eury, Jr. will Crew Chief the No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet of Michael Waltrip. Eury, Jr. was the Car Chief on the No. 8 Chevrolet for the past five seasons and was also instrumental in Earnhardt, Jr’s two Busch Series championships.

The No. 8 and No. 15 core members of the teams will collectively transfer intact with the promotions of Eury Jr. and Rondeau, as well.

Richie Gilmore, Vice-President of Motorsports for DEI, said the moves come on the heels of a successful season and the teams wanted to improve and achieve even greater success.

"We all sat down and talked because we want all of our teams to produce even better results," Gilmore said. "Everyone is excited about this and we’re already getting ready for Daytona testing. We think the results will show up immediately."

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