Greg Ives will be the next crew chief to take on NASCAR’s most popular driver. Earlier this year Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s current crew chief Steve Latarte announced he would be stepping off the pit box, to take a job calling races for NBC Sports next season. On Wednesday, it was announced Ives will replace Latarte as crew chief for the 88 in 2015.
Ives has been a crew chief for JR Motorsports for the past two seasons, working this year with rookie Chase Elliot. He has five wins as a Nationwide crew chief. He has been in the Hendrick Motorsports organization since 2006, serving as an engineer for Jimmie Johnson’s team for seven years.