Hendrick Motorsports announced today, Greg Ives, will rejoin HMS as crew chief for the #88 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team of Dale Earnhardt Jr., for the 2015 season. Ives will be taking over the place left open by Steve Letarte, who is the current crew chief for the 2014 season, but will move into broadcasting with the NBC Sports Group next year.
Ives moved to JR Motorsports as a crew chief for Regan Smith in November 2012, together Smith and Ives won two races and finished third in the point in 2013. Ives was named crew chief for Chase Elliott this season and has 3 victories for the current season with rookie driver and current leader in the point standing Chase Elliott.
“Greg was our number one choice,” owner of Hendrick Motorsports, Rick Hendrick said. “This is a talented guy who already has a terrific rapport with Dale Jr. and is a fit with the organization. He and Chad (Knaus) had a lot of success together, and all of our crew chiefs think the world of him and what he’s accomplished. Greg’s proven that he can win races.”
Ives, a native of Bark River, Michigan and graduate of Michigan Technological University, first began working as a mechanic in 2004 at HMS before moving into an engineering position with the #48 team in 2006. Working with Chad Knaus, crew chief for the #48, Ives added with 42 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, including Jimmie Johnson’s five consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships from 2006-2010 with the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet.
With this transition, Ives will once again work alongside Knaus in the shop shared by the #48 and #88 Chevrolet SS teams.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me and my family,” said Ives. “Dale Jr. and I have a great relationship from being in the same shop at Hendrick Motorsports and my time at JRM. We have a lot left to do this season in the Nationwide Series, but I’m excited about what’s ahead and look forward to sharing some wins with JR Nation in the future.”
“He’s (Ives) is a strong leader with a cool personality, and we’re both competitors who want to win,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I know what Greg is all about and really respect him. It was important to find someone who would fit a Hendrick Motorsports and inside our shop, and he will for sure do that. We got the best guy for the job, and I look forward to working with him next year.”