Steve Letarte will be moving on to a new career adventure in 2015. The crew chief on the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team for driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to make the move to television, according to Siris/XM Radio’s Dave Moody.
Letarte, who has been the crew chief on the No. 88 team since 2011, will be a part of NBC Sports’ broadcast team when the network returns to NASCAR broadcasting in 2014. He’ll join driver Jeff Burton and current FOX Sports 1 broadcaster Rick Allen on the NBC broadcast team.
Beginning in 2014, the NBC family of networks will broadcast the final 20 races of the Sprint Cup Series season and the final 19 Nationwide Series events.
Letarte is expected to continue on with the No. 88 team through 2014 before making the career move. He and Earnhardt took the No. 88 team to a fifth-place finish in the Sprint Cup Series championship points standings in 2013.
After word spread of Letarte’s future position with NBC, Hendrick Motorsports released the following statement from tewam owner Rick Hendrick.
“You never want to see a talented and all-around quality person like Steve move on, but we understand this is an exciting opportunity for him and his family. He has all the tools to be a terrific broadcaster, and I know our fans will enjoy hearing his perspective.
“We’re looking forward to a successful year in 2014 with Steve and Dale leading the No. 88 together. They have some of the best chemistry in the garage, and we know they’ll build on last season and continue to be a championship-contending team.
“We don’t expect to address the crew chief position until after the season. Everyone with the team is focused on 2014 and committed to having another great year.”
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