Bowman talks about role at Hendrick Motorsports
By Isabel Gonzalez
March 17, 2017
The last time the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visited Phoenix International Raceway in November 2016, Alex Bowman was subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr., sat on the pole and led 194 of 325 laps.
Bowman walked away with a sixth-place finish. Out of the 10 races he subbed for Earnhardt in the No. 88 last season, this was his best result of 2016—and his career. He and Jeff Gordon split time behind the wheel for the sidelined Earnhardt.
However, expecting to see Bowman racing at PIR this time around, in either the XFINITY Series or the Cup Series, is a bit of a long shot.
“Not as of right now,” he said. “Probably get that question 10 or 15 times a day, but as of right now, just kind of hanging out, and I honestly don’t know if I’ll be at the racetrack or not. No driving stuff in the future that I know of.”
Bowman is back on the bench, but the super sub is still around.
When it comes to his role with Hendrick Motorsports, Bowman appears to be happy with the experiences he’s gotten, although his role with the team is not quite defined yet.
“It changes week-to-week for sure,” he said. “Our schedule’s not really the same for the simulator, and then, obviously add the wheel force testing and stuff in there, but typically it's three days a week in the simulator, and whenever they go wheel force testing, I’m doing that.”
And his relationship with Earnhardt seems to be good. So good, that fans have joked about Earnhardt and his wife practically adopting the 23-year-old.
Bowman has had the chance to run in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this season for GMS Racing, subbing for Justin Haley at Atlanta, and the Advanced Auto Parts Clash exhibition Cup Series race at Daytona.
Driving the No. 88 in place of Earnhardt once more, Bowman finished third in the Clash behind Joey Logano and Kyle Busch. IMAGES: Dante Ricci/The Racing Experts Twitter Inc. SOURCES: Racing-Reference.info