Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/29/14

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr., speaks with the media during NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway on January 15, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)
JR Motorsports has named a race engineer who worked with Jimmie Johnson in his five NASCAR Sprint Cup title runs as crew chief for Regan Smith's Nationwide Series team. Greg Ives will lead Smith's team in 2013. Ives, 33, and Smith, 29, will lead the organization's effort to win the Nationwide title. Smith has already shown signs of his potential as he won the Nationwide race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in his debut with the team. "Regan's win on Saturday and the announcement of Greg's hiring today are huge momentum boosts for this company going into the off-season," said owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Greg comes highly regarded. He has been a huge part of the 48 team's success, and this is a good opportunity for him to get his feet wet as a crew chief. The partnership between JR Motorsports and Hendrick Motorsports gives us the opportunity to help employees advance their careers while still keeping them in the family, so to speak." Although the organization planned on two full-time e...
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