New Career for Dale Jr?

The 28-year-old NASCAR star has now added Playboy.com Celebrity Photographer to a resume that includes seven career victories in Winston Cup competition (plus a victory in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout all-star race at Daytona) and a New...

The 28-year-old NASCAR star has now added Playboy.com Celebrity Photographer to a resume that includes seven career victories in Winston Cup competition (plus a victory in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout all-star race at Daytona) and a New York Times best-selling book, "Driver #8," released in 2002. Earnhardt Jr. selected the Dahm trio for the shoot after meeting them several times in the past year at promotional functions for Anheuser-Busch.

Dale Earnhardt Jr..
Photo by Thomas Chemris.
Earnhardt chose to use his priceless Corvette GTR as the backdrop for the shoot that took place in late January at his personal garage in Mooresville, North Carolina. The GTR is a street-legal version of the Corvette that Dale Jr. raced in the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona. Only two of the cars exist, and Dale Jr's model features a rear wing taken directly from the winning Corvette at the 2001 LeMans 24 Hours.

"How could you not say yes to an offer like this?!" laughed Earnhardt, who is currently in Daytona Beach, Fla. preparing for the 2003 Daytona 500 (Sunday, Feb. 16). "I don't claim to be a photographer, but everyone from Playboy was really helpful and the girls were awesome. I thought I was just going to show up and push the shutter down, but I was involved in the whole thing... from the setting to the wardrobe. It was awesome, and I was really happy that the girls agreed to do this with me. They were really cool about it. It was fun for me to be on the other side of the camera for once, and to see three gorgeous women through the viewfinder. I haven't seen all the pictures, but who knows, maybe I can do this kinda thing when I retire as a driver."

Playboy.com's Guest Celebrity Photographer feature is enjoying increasing popularity with some of today's top celebrities angling to get in on the action. Previous Celebrity Photographers include multi-platinum rapper Nelly, rocker Tommy Lee, hip-hop stars Ja Rule and DMX, and Poison's Bret Michaels. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the featured Playboy Interview in the September 2001 issue of Playboy Magazine.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Tommy Lee