Star drivers need a strong team behind them

There's no I in NASCAR. But there is an amazing amount of money being pumped into the sport, so sharing resources and knowledge with teammates is increasingly crucial.

Updated: June 20, 2007, 7:36 PM ET
By Brett Borden | Special to ESPN.com

The biggest news of this week, and most likely the entire year, is Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s announcement that he will become teammates with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Casey Mears under Hendrick Motorsports starting next season.

Much of NASCAR Nation is in shock. They are asking, how can Junior be teammates with former rivals Gordon and Johnson? How will it affect his fans and the way they think not only of Gordon and Johnson, but of Earnhardt himself?

These are all to be determined, ...

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