The Legend: Dale Earnhardt
Across the world, you hear names like Mario Andretti, Ayrton Senna, Sebastian Vettel, ...
Across the world, you hear names like Mario Andretti, Ayrton Senna, Sebastian Vettel, Niki Lauda, and countless other famous drivers. In America, one name is heard above them all; Dale Earnhardt.
Dale Earnhardt is one of the most celebrated NASCAR drivers of all time. On February 18th, 2001, he passed away during a final-lap wreck at the Dayton 500. It was terrible for this legend to pass away at the young age of 49, but his legacy lives on with his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Today, he would have turned 65.
In celebration of his life, countless Earnhardt fans will converge on Dale Earnhardt Inc. in Mooresville, NC for Dale Earnhardt Day. That’s right, he made such an impact on this country that he has a day annually on his birthday to celebrate his life and give back to the less fortunate.
The Dale Earnhardt Foundation’s mission is to continue Dale’s legacy through charitable programs and grants that keep his commitment to children, education and environmental preservation running strong. After his death, they founded in 2002 and have been working to help the community since. They’re accepting used and new books for its book drive project to benefit the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in Charlotte during the event today. We hope that they get more than they know what to do with.
While Sr. is watching over, his son has went on to honor his dad with two Daytona 500 wins, 50 career wins and 214 top five finishes in the Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series combined. For 12 consecutive years (2003-2015), he was voted the Most Popular Driver in NASCAR. A fan favorite, the Earnhardt’s have left a serious imprint on NASCAR and America as a whole. We want to take this day to celebrate the Intimidator’s life.