Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Will Make Aric Almirola and Sponsorship Announcements

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJuly 1, 2008

Sources close to the situation are reporting that Dale Earnhardt, Inc. will make an announcement regarding their driver and sponsorships for the 2009 season.

It's expected the team will announce that Aric Almirola will take over the No. 8 Chevy he currently shares with Mark Martin.  Martin is expected to announce later this week that he will be leaving DEI to go to Hendrick Motorsports full-time next year.

An announcement is also expected regarding ARMY, the team's current sponsor.  Rumors have held that ARMY would be leaving DEI to go to the second Bill Davis Racing team.

However, Almirola, a 24-year-old native of Tampa, Florida, represents the exact demographic that ARMY is currently trying to reach.  Several other sponsors are also allegedly interested in the young driver.

Keep your ears open for an announcement.