IRL: Tony George on Dale Earnhardt

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 19, 2001 - A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President & CEO Tony George about the death of Dale Earnhardt on Feb. 18: "The loss of Dale Earnhardt is an unbelievable and devastating tragedy to his...

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Feb. 19, 2001 - A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President & CEO Tony George about the death of Dale Earnhardt on Feb. 18:

"The loss of Dale Earnhardt is an unbelievable and devastating tragedy to his family, his many fans and to the sport of auto racing. It is very difficult for me and for our family because of our close friendship with Dale, Teresa and their children. He personified what NASCAR is about, and the growth of motorsports during the last 20 years was attributable in many ways to him.

"He was a man who loved the life, the sport and enjoyed every week of it. He was intense, focused and competitive in everything he did. Dale had a special love for the history and tradition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and his name will always be a part of our racing heritage at the Brickyard. Our hearts and prayers go to Dale's family and to all who admired his skill and the admirable traits he represented."

Seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Earnhardt won the 1995 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and competed in every Brickyard 400 from 1994-2000.

-IMS-

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Tony George