Earnhardt's future crew chief worked under Chad Knaus for seven years

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Greg Ives spent a number of years under the tutelage of Chad Knaus.

Greg Ives is set to fill the vacated crew chief position at Hendrick Motorsports with Steve Letarte moving over to the broadcast side of the sport at season's end.

It's true Ives has never worked as a crew chief at the Sprint Cup level, but he carries an impressive resume with him nonetheless. He's worked at the Hendrick organization since 2004, serving as an engineer for Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 group. He was part of that championship-winning team for five of their six Sprint Cup titles.

Speaking of Ives, Earnhardt said, “Not only is he the most talented candidate for the job, but it will be the most seamless transition." Team owner Rick Hendrick added that he was their 'number one choice' to replace Letarte.

Ives has worked as a Nationwide crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s program since the beginning of last year, where he won two races with Regan Smith before placing third in the championship standings. This season, he's been paired up with rookie Chase Elliott and the two have done a remarkable job together, already winning three races and currently sitting on top of the standings.

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Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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