NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. has revealed to Daily Mail TV that Hollywood star Matt Damon wants to portray him in a film about his life.
Earnhardt, 44, gets the chance to convince the 48-year-old actor when he appears with Damon during the Indy 500 car race on Sunday, May 26.
Damon, that car designer Carroll Shelby in the upcoming movie & # 39; Ford v Ferrari & # 39; is called the honorary starter of the race, while Earnhardt is the driver in the pace car to lead the 33 competitors in warm-up laps.
Earnhardt, who also acts as NBC commentator for the event, said: & I would like Matt Damon to play me in a movie. I think the movie & # 39; Racing To The Finish & # 39; must be called, the name of my autobiography.
& # 39; Being the speed driver is a badge of honor that I never thought I would take into account. Looking in the mirror becomes intimidating, like you're a rabbit being chased by a couple of dogs. & # 39;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy with their baby daughter Isla, then four months old, in Richmond, Virginia at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2018
NASCAR champion Daily Earnhardt Jr. (left) wants actor Matt Damon (right) to play him in a movie about his life. The pair will appear at the Indianapolis 500 racing event on Sunday, May 26
Earnhardt, from Mooresville, North Carolina, retired from full-time NASCAR races in 2017 after winning the Daytona 500 twice, 26 wins in the Sprint Cup series and nine exhibition races.
With a capital of $ 400 million, he says his proudest achievement is becoming a father for the first time when his wife Amy, 37, gave birth to daughter Isla on April 30, 2018.
And Earnhardt entrusted Daily Mail TV, he hopes that Isla will have a brother or sister in the future.
But he also revealed that starting a family with Amy might never have happened when she gave him an ultimatum before they got married – either he quit his 30-day cigarette addiction or closed him off.
Earnhardt said: & # 39; I have been smoking for 15 days for 15 years. I was ashamed and embarrassed.
& # 39; I have kept it hidden from the public, you worry about what your fans will think. I was an athlete and I should portray that I took my work and my health seriously. It had complete control over me. & # 39;
He said his father NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale Earnhardt Sr. Hated he smoked.
Earnhardt said: & # 39; It was extremely disappointing for him. I was never near him with a cigarette in my hand. But he came by and saw an ashtray full of cigarette butts. He disapproved. I was upset because he was upset, but I didn't have to stop. & # 39;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. said goodbye to full-time NASCAR races in 2017 after having won the Daytona 500 twice, 26 wins in the Sprint Cup series and nine exhibition races
Earnhardt explained that his father's disapproval of his custom was nothing compared to that of Amy Reimann, his future wife, whom he began dating in 2009.
The couple met for the first time in 2008 when interior designer Amy helped him with a house he built on his 290-acre estate in Mooresville.
He said: & # 39; Amy was the most effective way to stop me. She changed my life and made me mature as a person.
& # 39; When we first met, she helped me with my house. I thought she was beautiful. But she was in the middle of a divorce, so I waited before I asked her for a date.
& # 39; When she told me that smoking was a dealbreak, I knew I had to take it seriously this time to quit.
& # 39; When she heard she might not be able to take the next steps with me in our relationship, I had to make more effort to stop. For me, that really drove the nail in the box. I really stooped.
& # 39; It took me four times to stop. I tried to read books, hypnosis – you name it, I tried. The stopping trip is a process. I tried so many things and when I failed you lose hope for the next attempt.
& # 39; But I have been a non-smoker for more than six years and it is the best decision I made for myself. & # 39;
Amy Ernhardt (left) and husband Dale Earnhardt Jr. (right) celebrate their daughter Isla's first birthday in April 2019 at their home in Mooresville, North Carolina
Dale Earnhardt Jr. kisses Amy before the start of a race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida, on July 1, 2017. He stopped at the end of that year
Earnhardt agreed to appear in a new advertising campaign for Nicorette & Coated Ice Mint lozenges due to his own struggle with smoking.
He said: & # 39; Nicorette comes forward a few months ago, & # 39; we have a new product & # 39 ;. I didn't have & # 39; n tool in the toolbox when I tried to quit. It would have made the trip a lot shorter. & # 39;
Amy and Earnhardt were engaged on June 17, 2015, but Earnhardt admits that they needed relationship therapy to help their relationship.
Earnhardt said: “I'm usually very shy around women, but Amy certainly changed that and it was easy to be myself. That hurt and sometimes helped.
& # 39; I am always super honest, so she had to get used to the honesty and bluntness that I have.
& # 39; We came to a point where she says: & # 39; Man, we have to see someone. You need help. I can't come to you. & # 39; Finally we went to Jane, a relationship therapist.
& # 39; I said: & # 39; Okay, you know, I will listen and I will make these adjustments and see how it goes and we just kept working on it. & # 39;
Earnhardt and Amy married on December 31, 2016 in Lexington, North Carolina at Childress Vineyards, owned by Earnhardt's friend, former NASCAR driver Richard Childress.
Earnhardt said: & # 39; When we got married, the only two people who were important to me were my dentist and Jane was at the wedding because Jane was the reason why the wedding took place in the first place. & # 39;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. feeds daughter Isla, then four months old, on August 9, 2018. He said: & # 39; I am not trying to be the parent who floats and throttles, but I love her so much & # 39;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. holds his radiant daughter Isla and then for six months in this photo of October 29, 2018. He said: & # 39; If I can have another child, that would be great. I want to be a great father & # 39;
The businessman's smart empire ranges from the racing team that he owns to JR Motorsports, a TV production company Hammerhead Entertainment, his North Carolina chain of Whiskey River Beer and Wings restaurants, a Florida car dealer and an air conditioner filtering company.
But his daughter Isla is proud of his achievements, with whom he now enjoys more pleasure since his retirement from full-time racing in 2017.
Earnhardt said: & # 39; I was worried about the people I disappointed by retiring. I was almost 43 and had maybe three more competitive years in me. But I was ready to continue. I achieved what I wanted.
& # 39; I just want to raise Isla now. I'm a bit oppressed and I'm terrified of growing up and hurting her feelings of someone mean to her.
& # 39; I am not trying to be the parent who floats and suffocates, but I love her so much.
& # 39; I wanted a daughter when we thought about having children, because Amy is this person who has revolutionized my life and making a miniature version of her walking around would be incredible.
& # 39; If I can have another child, that would be great. I want to be a great father. I want to give them a normal childhood and do things like sports and dance with them.
& # 39; I had a wonderful life. There was much too much. Fame, benefits, celebrity, and years of living in the fastest row.
Dale Earnhardt Sr. (left) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (right) posing together at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Florida, on February 4, 2001
In this family photo he shares with Daily Mail TV, Dale Earnhardt Jr., then 4, plays with his racing legend father Dale Earnhardt Sr. in 1978. Earnhardt Jr. said: & # 39; He would like to be a grandparent & # 39;
& # 39; I am ready to be normal. Nothing is more fun than going to the supermarket with Amy and Isla to pick up food. It's so simple and it's so nice for me. I really enjoy this part of my life. & # 39;
Earnhardt said that his only regret is that Isla her grandfather Dale Ernhardt Sr. never met.
On February 18, 2001, Earnhardt Sr. crashed. in the final round of the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The 49-year-old died of a broken skull.
Earnhardt Sr. earned the nickname & # 39; The Initimidator & # 39; due to its legendary competitive position and is considered by many to be one of the largest NASCAR drivers.
He won a total of 76 Winston Cup races during the course of his career, including seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships.
Earnhardt said: & I miss him being unable to be here with my wife and Isla. He would like to be a grandparent and he would love Amy.
& # 39; And Isla would have loved him. There are pictures of him in the house and I show them to her. She loves the photos & I tell her about him. & # 39;
& # 39; There are still new things that I learn about him. I just found out that he would walk on the circuit and introduce himself to everyone.
& # 39; To learn how he took a lot of time to see everyone, to know everyone by name, was great. & # 39;
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida on February 23, 2014. He had previously won in 2004
Earnhardt, who graduated in automotive technology from Mitchell Community College in Statesville, North Carolina, said his father was very interested in education.
He said: & # 39; The greatest lesson he taught me was to follow a course. He wanted me to finish school. He dropped out of school in 8th grade, he never received his diploma and he was so ashamed of it.
& # 39; He regretted the decision to leave the school and knew how much it had disappointed his own father.
& # 39; He said that if I went to college and applied myself, he promised to help me with what I did next.
& # 39; But if I didn't, he warned me he wouldn't help me in my professional career.
& # 39; I didn't mind being compared to him. He was a champion and someone I looked up to. I didn't want people to forget him and his impact on the sport.
& # 39; Yes, his death was shocking, but I was a driver and father taught me to go to the next race.
& # 39; I could just have driven myself into oblivion, had pity on myself and stopped myself. But we had hundreds of employees. I knew what I signed up for. I knew the risks. & # 39;
Earnhardt explained that he was considering retiring for the first time due to full-time racing in 2016 due to a history of concussions that began with a crash in August 2012 on the Talladega Super Speedway in Alabama.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced his retirement at the end of the 2017 NASCAR season at a press conference in Concord, North Carolina on April 25, 2017
He said: & # 39; I had a very bad concussion in 2012 that reminded me of how delicate I was. It scared me, it scared me. I could get better again. I drove with confidence again and we won the Daytona 500 in 2014.
& # 39; But after more falls I got sick again. I would feel that I had a hangover, it was a foggy, disconnected feeling.
& # 39; In the past, my doctor had shown me how to get better if I felt sick so that I would do those things. I also started documenting all incidents in my phone from 2013.
& # 39; It turned out that I actually caused a concussion on top of a concussion.
& # 39; I woke up one day in 2016 and got dizzy. I hadn't had an accident for several weeks, so I went to see my doctor. He said it was definitely a concussion.
& # 39; Then I got stuck a while later, in June 2016, and the symptoms were much worse. I suffered from balance problems and vision issues that I had never experienced before.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. agreed to appear in an advertising campaign for Nicorette & Coated Ice Mint lozenges, of which he is pictured, due to his own struggle with smoking. & # 39; I didn't have & # 39; n tools in the toolbox when I tried to stop. It would have made the trip a lot shorter. & # 39;
& # 39; I went to Micky Collins, the leading concussion doctor who works with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he says & # 39; boy, you have some real problems & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I had speech problems and I couldn't walk two steps without falling over. We worked on this until the last half of 2016.
& # 39; I was done. I should retire. Me and my wife made the decision when I was in the rehab clinic that I would never return to the car.
& # 39; But when the rehabilitation was over, I still wanted to race. I had another year on my contract.
& # 39; I expected the doctor to shut me down, but he said the problems he had seen in me were not as bad as the football players he ordered to stop playing.
Hij He said that if I had an accident, I had the potential to be injured like someone else on the circuit. But he could fix it.
& # 39; So I finished a full-time race at the end of 2017 and I'm only going to run one race this year. I am in good condition and the cars are super safe. & # 39;
Earnhardt is now pleased to be a sports analyst for NBC.
He said: & # 39; I still have the urge to be on the circuit, but I need a goal. I want to be part of the sport and in the staffing cabin I had the opportunity to be involved and to get a new meaning.
& # 39; I'm fantastic as a broadcaster. I have to travel to places like South Korea, the Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby.
& # 39; I am investigating what all this means and where it all goes. & # 39;
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