Former NASCAR Cup driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he is unsure how long his real-world racing career will last beyond this year.

Earnhardt, who retired from full-time NASCAR competition following the 2017 season, took part in his first virtual IndyCar Series race two weeks ago, finishing third in an event at the virtual Michigan International Speedway, part of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge.

Earnhardt has also been participating in the eNASCAR Pro Invitational Series as both NASCAR IndyCar schedules remain on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following his third-place finish in the virutal race at Michigan, Earnhardt was asked if his new participation in a virtual IndyCar event fostered a desire to compete in a real one.

“No, I probably wouldn’t. For the most part my driving days are over,” Earnhardt said.

“I have a few events left in me. I don’t know how many of those Xfinity races I’ll be running beyond this year.”

Since leaving full-time competition, Earnhardt has continued to run at least one Xfinity Series race a year with his JR Motorsports organisation in addition to his role as a commentator for NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage.

In 2018, he competed at Richmond and finished fourth, and last season he ran at Darlington to finish fifth.

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