Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 2017 Nationwide paint scheme revealed

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s 2017 ride was unveiled on social media Tuesday afternoon.

The No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will take on a slightly different look when he returns to the cockpit in 2017. Earnhardt missed the last half of the 2016 season due to concussion symptoms. 

NASCAR's Most Popular Driver plans to test a Cup car in December in January before returning to full-time competition in February.

Nationwide is returning as the primary sponsor for the majority of races, having backed the car in 21 of 36 events this year. Their relationship with Hendrick Motorsports dates back to 2014.

The livery design is similar to its predecessor, but with the silver areas on each side redone in white. The number itself will take on the silver look.

"This paint scheme doesn't pull from history. It's basically an idea that me and my race team pulled together. Obviously, it's had a lot of influence from friends of mine. But me and the race team got together and presented this idea to Nationwide and Nationwide made some alterations and had their influence as well. It's got what (crew chief) Greg Ives likes to call the RPM bar, which is a lot of fun," Earnhardt said in a Facebook Live Q&A with fans.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Article type Breaking news
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