NASCAR suspends Lysne and Frey, Earhnhardt Ganassi Racing terminates their employment
NASCAR officials has suspended two pit crew members of Earnhardt-Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. They were arrested on drug related charges on the night of Tuesday, Aug. 9. Trevor Lysne and Jerome Frey were arrested after Huntersville, NC police intercepted a package which had been shipped to the pair from California. It contained 10 plus pounds of marijuana.
We have a zero tolerance policy in this organization...
Lysne was the front tire changer for Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 42 Target Chevrolet car. He has been charged with trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver the drug as well as maintaining a dwelling to distribute it.
Jerome Frey, a mechanic for the organization, was charged with trafficking marijuana as well as possession with intent to sell and deliver.
Both men were fired by the Ganassi team on Wednesday.
"I am extremely disappointed with the news that we received about two of our crew members," team co-owner Chip Ganassi said in a statement. "We have a zero tolerance policy in this organization and effective immediately, both individuals' employment has been terminated."
NASCAR issued the following statement:
NASCAR announced Wednesday that it has indefinitely suspended crew members Jerome Frey and Trevor Lysne, both of whom worked with the No. 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the substance abuse policy) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.