Earnhardt considered driving force in the creation of
Speedway Chairman announces upbeat
LEBANON, Tenn. (July 23,
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman Tony George
considers seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt the driving force in
the creation of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
But George said Friday at Nashville Superspeedway that his track will
not over-emphasize the popular driver's death with tributes at next
With Teresa Earnhardt's approval, the Speedway will show a pre-race
video of its 1995 Brickyard winner and devote a page to him in the race
program. Similar things were done last year in honor of Indianapolis
native Kenny Irwin Jr., who also was killed in a stock-car crash.
Earnhardt died Feb. 18 in the season-opening Daytona 500.
"I felt like most of the closure would be when they went back to
Daytona (two weeks ago)," George said. "Enough time has passed now,
everything has been done (tribute-wise) and people have grieved. It's
time to move on."
George said Teresa Earnhardt asked last week that any tribute the
Speedway did be "upbeat," which George agreed to.
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