John Andretti lands DEI drive

John Andretti will replace Jeff Green in Dale Earnhardt Inc's No. 1 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for an unspecified number of races, starting from next weekend's race at Richmond

John Andretti lands DEI drive

Andretti will be the third driver this season to run in the car, which faces the loss of sponsor Pennzoil at the end of the season. Steve Park began the year with the team, but was fired in May and replaced with former Richard Childress Racing driver Green. Park was then hired as a replacement for Green at RCR.

Andretti, meanwhile, was fired by Petty Enterprises in June. He ran for the Gene Haas team at New Hampshire and Watkins Glen, and ran for the DEI-owned Chance 2 team at Indianapolis.

"The racing heritage we have at DEI is unparalleled," team president Teresa Earnhardt said. "We look forward to making this team stronger with the invaluable experience that John brings."

DEI also fields the winning cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip. Green's No. 1 has always seemed to be a poor third among the three, with a best finish this season of 16th.

Green was realistic about the move. "All three cars are very good equipment-wise and personnel-wise, but it just takes more than overnight to make things happen, and they just didn't give us that opportunity," he noted.

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