DAYTONA BEACH, Fla — Greg Ives announced on Friday morning, the eve of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series regular season that he’ll step aside as the crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports at seasons end. However, he’s not retiring. He also mentioned that he’ll be staying with Hendrick Motorsports in a yet to be determined role.
Ives started as a crew chief in 2015 on the 88 car with Dale Earnhardt Jr. They’d win 3 times that season. A year later, Earnhardt was dealing with concussion like symptoms and ran 18 of the 36 races. Jeff Gordon (8 races) and Alex Bowman (10 races) drove the rest.
In 2016 it was Earnhardt’s final season. Two years after having 3 wins, 16 top 5 finishes and 22 top 10’s, they combined for 0 wins, 6 top 5’s and 19 top 10’s between 2016 and 2017.
Bowman took over the ride in 2018 and Ives remained. They’d win the Daytona 500 pole. A year later he helped Bowman score his 1st Cup Series win. In 2020, they’d win again. Last year they won four times together. They won earlier this season in Las Vegas and will be a part of the postseason again.