As the crowd rises and the green flag drops in Daytona for the first event of the 2011 season, Jeffrey Earnhardt will start a 25 race campaign to becoming Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the Fuel Doctor #1 Chevy for Rick Ware Racing.
“There’s no doubt the kid has talent, and there’s also no doubt he will have to earn Rookie-of-the-Year. There’s six to eight drivers vying for the same spot, and they are all bringing a ton of talent. I’m proud to have Fuel Doctor on board. Their support gives Jeffrey a fighting chance,” owner Rick Ware explained.
While the other rookie candidates certainly bring talent, none of them come with the name recognition of Earnhardt, for better or worse.
“The name Earnhardt is a double edged sword. It’s a blessing from a marketing standpoint, but without a doubt, the NASCAR fan base has higher expectations for Jeffrey than any other rookie. We certainly can’t shield him from this pressure, but we are taking measures to focus his mind on the important tasks at hand,” Ware said