CONCORD, N.C. – Alex Bowman and crew chief Greg Ives have taken different paths to working together on the No. 88 team at Hendrick Motorsports.
But one thing the two have in common is a love of what they do – and the work ethic to have made their dream come to fruition.
That caught the eye of the producers of the show “Self Made,” which is available on Amazon Prime Video.
Both men are featured in the latest episode of the program, which is currently in its second season.
“The biggest thing that I’ve learned is just to not give up,” Bowman said. “I’ve been in a lot of tough situations over the course of my career, drove for a lot of small race teams. I lost my ride two weeks before the Daytona 500 in 2016. From that, I was given an opportunity to fill in for Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. when he was hurt, kind of was able to show what I can do. I went from getting fired by one of the smallest teams in NASCAR to driving for the biggest and best team in NASCAR. So, anything can happen. Everything happens for a reason, but don’t give up.”
Bowman and Ives’ episode – the third of the new season – is now available to watch here. The show is hosted by Andy Albright, who travels across the country to find entrepreneurs from wildly diverse backgrounds and companies as they share their big idea, their struggles, triumphs and advice to others.
Chad Harris, the show’s producer, explained the premise of the program.
“If you watch the TV show, you’re going to get four different characters over 22 minutes,” he said. “We show the basic principles of winning, no matter what you apply to, you’re learning from experts who have done that.”
Harris was impressed by what he heard from both Bowman and Ives as he interviewed them on the Hendrick Motorsports campus.
“Very level-headed guys,” he shared. “You can tell they put a lot into the preparation, and you can tell they both have deep respect for each other. The principles that they’ve shared for general entrepreneurs about winning is spot on. This proves my theory, no matter what self-made path someone takes, they’ll end up probably being self-made in something else if they chose to, because they’re willing to learn. That’s what I got from both of them.”
In the episode, both Bowman and Ives shared a little about their backgrounds and what it’s like to work at a championship organization like Hendrick Motorsports. Expectations are always deservedly high.
“You can never lose sight of that ultimate goal, which is to be No. 1 and to be the best,” Ives said. “That’s what I love about our team and love about working with Alex is he’s always ready to make that next step to get where we need to be.”
Those with Amazon Prime subscriptions can watch the full episode here. A clip of the No. 88 team driver-crew chief duo’s segment can also be viewed on the “Self Made” Facebook page. Check it out below.