Next Generation Of Earnhardt Going Racing
SONOMA, Calif. – There is a new generation of Earnhardt, and it’s the 12-year-old niece of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and rising star in mini outlaw sprint kart.
Elledge is competing in 23 races in North Carolina and California this year in the No. 3 Sandy Cheeks Mini Outlaws kart sponsored by Nickelodeon.
The Sandy Cheeks character can be seen on SpongeBob SquarePants, the most-watched animated TV series for the past 12-years. She is SpongeBob’s thrill seeking friend and the only resident rodent aquanaut in Bikini Bottom.
Nickelodeon worked with Elledge directly on the design process of the No. 3 Sandy Cheeks kart to incorporate her favorite colors into the car and fire suit. The poses of Sandy Cheeks were custom designed for the Kart and uniform to promote the fun loving and thrill seeking side of the character as she cheers Elledge onto victory in each race.
Elledge, the daughter of JR Motorsports General Manager Kelley Earnhardt-Miller and NASCAR winning crew chief Jimmy Elledge, carries with her a deep-rooted heritage nurtured by the inner-drive of two racing names — Earnhardt and Elledge.
Her maternal grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, is the seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and winner of 76 races. Her paternal grandfather, Terry Elledge, built the motors that powered Earnhardt to many of those championships and victories.
“My family’s history in racing is something I’m very proud of,” said Elledge. “Both my mom and dad were born into racing families and they were very passionate about the sport. They’ve passed that passion on to me, and it’s something I really enjoy.”