Earnhardt not even considering
August 5, 1999 - GoCarolinas
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)--In a way, Dale Earnhardt
already has started his farewell tour. Unlike Darrell Waltrip, he's not sure when it will
"I don't want to even come to the day that I have to get out of the race car and not
get back in," the 47-year-old, seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion said.
"I don't know that I want to be there. It's not going to be a fun day."
Waltrip, 52, a three-time champion and the winningest active driver with 84 career
victories, plans to retire after the 2000 season.
"To see a guy like that go through his career and win championships and have a great
career and know when to quit ... I respect him for that," Earnhardt said Wednesday, a
day before Thursday's start of practice and qualifications for the Brickyard 400 on
Earnhardt said he expects to sign another contract with Childress Racing that could keep
him behind the wheel through 2003.
In the meantime, he's having too much fun to even think about retiring.
"The racing, the time around the track, the garage area, it's great," Earnhardt
said. "I've learned how to get through those times (not winning) because I know I can
What he hopes eventually to see is Winston Cup stardom for his son, Dale Jr., the NASCAR
Busch Series champion in his first full season last year.
The younger Earnhardt also is competing against his father in this year's International
Race of Champions series, losing to his father by just .007 seconds in the last race at
Michigan in June.
Dale Sr. also won two earlier IROC races this year and could become the first driver to
sweep the series since it began in 1973.
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