While there was speculation about the relationship between Junior and Whitaker, there was never any confirmation that it was anything other than a platonic friendship.
From 2004-2006, Junior had a long-distance, occasional relationship with a model named Teresa Lanistassi aka TJ.
The California native was discovered surfing in Santa Barbara in 2001 by the famous photographer Mario Testino, and she quickly gained supermodel status, appearing in the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue later that same year.
Miller met Earnhardt when he took her for a spin around Daytona Speedway as part of a feature for the 2003 swimsuit issue.
A regular in television and print commercials, the 31-year-old Lanistassi is a native of Millbrook, New York who currently lives in New York City with her son from a previous marriage to a former NASCAR sponsor executive.
She was first spotted with Junior at a June 2004 race in Dover, and was believed to be spotted again during Speedweeks in Daytona in 2006, though she has also been linked to Adrian Grenier, star of HBO’s Entourage. Teresa has never dated hockey player, Zach Parise, nor have they ever met.
Wiseman gained notoriety when she finished second in MTV’s Wannabe a VJ3 contest. At the time, Wiseman had a boyfriend, so she declined when Junior asked her out.
But in the fall of 2000, Junior co-hosted a show on WEND 106.5 in Charlotte, where Wiseman was an intern.
In 2004, Junior had what was perhaps his most public, if short-lived, relationship, when he began dating 19-year-old Kortnie Coles while being followed by a reality television crew for the FX show NASCAR Drivers: 360.
Junior met the beautiful and buxom Coles at Texas Motor Speedway in April, and was shown checking her out as she waited outside his hauler for his autograph. The two were filmed together the following week at Martinsville Speedway, but the relationship ended shortly thereafter.
Lisa Rockelmann now resides with Knaus in Cornelius, NC at his residence.
After dating for 4 1/2 years, an engagement was announced at the Daytona 500 Winner breakfast and that they were in no hurry to get married.
In 2003, Junior was romantically linked with Leeann Tweeden, a former Playmate, Frederick’s of Hollywood model, and television host.