Greg Ives to be Dale Earnhardt Jr’s crew chief in 2015

On Wednesday Hendrick Motorsports announced that Greg Ives would be the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Ives currently serves as the crew chief of the No. 9 driven by Chase Elliott in the Nationwide Series.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me and my family,” Ives said. “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. I couldn’t ask for a better situation than working with one of the best drivers and teams in racing.”

The 34-year-old Ives was a race engineer of the No. 48 driven by Jimmie Johnson during his historic run capturing five straight Sprint Cup Series titles.

“I know what Greg is all about and really respect him,” Earnhardt said. “He’s a strong leader with a cool personality, and we’re both competitors who want to win. It was important to find someone who would fit at 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.