Dale Jarrett is joining the elite in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame.
The Catawba County native and three-time Daytona 500 champion was announced as one of five inductees for NASCAR’s most prestigious honor on Wednesday during a press conference in Charlotte.
Jarrett joins drivers Tim Flock, Jack Ingram and Glenn “Fireball” Roberts, as well as engine builder Maurice Petty, as members in the Class of 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame.
"I've always felt like it was an honor and a privilege to drive for NASCAR, and this sport has been such a huge part of the Jarrett life," Dale said. "Now to be part of something that my father is a part of just means the world to me."
Jarrett received 56 percent of the votes from the 54-member Hall of Fame voting panel — the third most behind Flock (76 percent) and Petty (67 percent).
Dale Jarrett joins his father, Ned, in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame.
Ned was inducted in 2011.
The Jarretts become the third father-son tandem to enter into NASCAR’s Hall, joining Lee and Richard Petty, as well as Bill France, Sr. and Bill France, Jr.
All five inductees will be enshrined into the hall in a special ceremony in Charlotte on Jan. 29, 2014.