Hendrick names replacement crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 2015

Greg Ives has been crew chief for Chase Elliott at JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series (Getty Images)

Greg Ives has been crew chief for Chase Elliott at JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series (Getty Images)

Greg Ives will rejoin Hendrick Motorsports following the 2014 NASCAR season to lead the No. 88 Sprint Cup Series team of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. the team announced Wednesday.

Ives, 34, was race engineer for Jimmie Johnson’s run of five consecutive Sprint Cup championships (2006-2010) with the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team. He will work alongside Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, in the shop shared by the Nos. 48 and 88 Chevrolet.

Ives will take the place of current No. 88 crew chief Steve Letarte who will move into a broadcasting role with NBC Sports Group following the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season.

“Greg was our number-one choice,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports in an emailed press release. “This is a talented guy who already has a terrific rapport with Dale Jr. and is a fit with the organization. He and Chad had a lot of success together, and all of our crew chiefs think the world of him and what he’s accomplished. Greg’s proven that he can win races, and he has all the tools to do big things.” MORE>>>

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