Alex Bowman has never been afraid of hard work, having learned its value while building his own race cars and pitching in at his father’s Arizona body shop. Now, after years of dogged commitment to his racing career, the rising star is driving the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports in 2018.
In 2016, Bowman’s talent and raw speed were on full display when he received the unexpected call to race for an injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s perennial most popular driver, for 10 Cup Series events. Under a bright spotlight, the Tucson, Arizona, native delivered, earning three top-10 finishes for the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team, including a near victory at his home track in Phoenix, where he won the pole position and led a race-high 194 laps.
Even without a seat available in its four-car stable, Hendrick Motorsports quietly signed Bowman in October 2016 in an effort to keep him in the fold. The situation changed dramatically the following April when Earnhardt announced that he would retire at the end of the 2017 season. In July, Hendrick Motorsports made it official that Bowman would join the Greg Ives-led No. 88 Chevrolet team full-time beginning in 2018.
Bowman drove just three races in 2017 – and he made them all count, racking up three top-10 finishes that included a major milestone. After a seven-month layoff from competitive racing, he returned in the October Xfinity Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway to lead 32 laps and record his first career NASCAR national series victory. In addition to his handful of races in 2017, Bowman served as an integral part of the simulation and on-track testing programs for Hendrick Motorsports and manufacturer Chevrolet as he prepared to join crew chief Ives and the No. 88 team.
Daytona 500 Pole Winner:
ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year:
K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year: