Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from NASCAR after the 2017 season is over.
The 42-year-old's contract expires at the end of this season. His father, Dale Sr., and grandfather, Ralph, were legendary drivers.
Local NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram said Earnhardt Jr. will leave with a lot of endorsement opportunities.
"To be successful in racing, you can't do 100 other things. He makes commercials 24-7 it looks like, so there's no way he can concentrate on racing. He can't do good," Ingram said. "And his age -- he wants to do it, but knows he can't."
Hendrick Motorsports has not shared who will replaceEarnhardt Jr. on the track.