NEW YORK — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have a new way to voice his racing opinions next season — on television.
NASCAR's most popular driver will join NBC Sports Group's coverage of stock car racing next year and there may be more options once he climbs out of the car for good.
The agreement with NBCUniversal announced Monday will allow Earnhardt to pursue "a wide range of opportunities in the company's media businesses, including movies, television, podcasts, and other areas" including football and perhaps even the Olympics.
"I've always just drove race cars. So this is probably the first real job I've had in 20 years," Earnhardt said on a conference call. "This is an incredible opportunity for me to start an entirely new career."
He seems like a natural, too.
Earnhardt has been voted the series' most popular driver 14 consecutive times and provides some of the most thoughtful analysis in the series. Add those traits to his down-to-earth approach and his desire to succeed and it could be a perfect match. NBC Sports Executive Producer and President of Production Sam Flood said Earnhardt has already contemplated following Chris Collinsworth around for a "Sunday Night Football" game or watching an Xfinity Series race in the television truck just to see how things work.
Penske resigns Keselowski
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Team Penske has reached an agreement with 2012 NASCAR Cup champion Brad Keselowski on a multiyear extension.
The 33-year-old Keselowski has driven for Penske throughout his 10-year career in NASCAR's top series, notching 23 wins and the series title five years ago. His crew chief with the No. 2 Ford, Paul Wolfe, has also agreed to a multiyear extension with Penske.