Teresa Earnhardt became a business owner the same day her husband was killed in an accident, but despite all the hardships, she worked to keep her husband’s legacy alive.
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Early life and education
Teresa Earnhardt (nee Houston) was born on October 28, 1958 in Hickory, North Carolina, USA. Her father is Hal Houston and her uncle is Tommy Houston, both famous race car drivers from the Busch series. She attended Bunker Hill High School in Claremont, North Carolina, and then went on to college where she earned her degrees in interior design and commercial art.
Earnhardt is most famous for being the owner of NASCAR team Dale Earnhardt Inc for the duration of four Busch Series championships from 1998 – 2005 and two championships in 1996 and 1998 in the Craftsman Truck Series. In 2001 her team won their first Daytona 500 with driver Michael Waltrip, the same race her husband Valley was killed in an accident on the last lap.
Max Siegel was hired by Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2006. hired as president of Global Operations to help the company break into the entertainment industry.
A year later, the company bought Ginn Racing.
Teresa had a very tense relationship with Dale Earnhardt Jr. her stepson, who got worse when he announced in late May 2007 that he would not be returning to Dale Earnhardt Inc for the 2008 season, due to disagreements with his three siblings over rightful ownership of the family business. After that, Teresa struggled to keep her sponsors Budweiser and the US military, which is why the Chip Ganassi Racing team merged with Felix Sabates to form Ganassi Racing in November 2008.
Two years later, the team’s driver Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500.
In 2014, Ganassi Racing bought out Teresa’s ownership stake, and the team reverted to the Chip Ganassi Racing name. When asked why he decided to buy her out, Chip Ganassi said, “Teresa was a good partner, but she was gone. So I bought her part of the team and reverted the name.”
Dale Earnhardt Inc still operates in Moorseville, North Carolina, as the most prominent of the Earnhardt Businesses.
Teresa continues to work to keep her late husband’s legacy alive through the work of the Dale Earnhardt Foundations.
Teresa was most famously married to race car driver Dale Earnhardt. Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr. was born on April 29, 1951, the youngest of three children of Martha Earnhardt and driver Ralph Earnhardt. His racing career began in 1975 when he competed in the 1975 World 600 Series for the Winston Cup Series.
He is still considered one of NASCAR’s greatest drivers ever.
In his career, he won a total of 76 races in the Winston Cup, including the 1998 Daytona 500. His angry driving earned him a string of nicknames such as the intimidator, ironhead, and the man in black.
In 1968, Dale married his first wife, Latane Brown, at the age of 17. Together they had a son Kerry, but only a year later the couple divorced. His second wife was the daughter of NASCAR automaker Robert Gee, Brenda Gee. In 1972, the couple welcomed their daughter Kelley King Earnhardt, and two years later, in 1974, their son Dale Earnhardt Jr., but it wasn’t long after their son was born that the couple called it quits and ended their divorce.
In 1982, Dale married his third and last wife Teresa Houston. Six years later, in 1988, the couple had a daughter, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt. Today, Taylor and Brandon Putman, her husband, are professional performers on the rodeo circuit. In February 2001, Dale was driving his last race when he was tragically killed in a final lap accident of the Daytona 500. Since then, he has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in the inaugural class, as well as many other halls of fame.
Sources state Earnhardt’s net worth as of early 2020 is estimated at $60 million.
Teresa is 1.85 m tall and weighs 65 kg.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Ralph Dale Earnhrdt Jr. was born on October 10, 1974 and is a professional stock car driver who is now retired. He works for NASCAR on NBC as an analyst and team owner, while completing part-time in the NASCAR xfinity series for his race team JR Motorsports, which has the number 8 Chevrolet.
Dale has enjoyed great success in this career and his success at the Daytona International Speedway has earned him the nickname ‘The Pied Piper’. In 2004 and 2014 he took first place in the Daytona 500 and from 2003 to 2017 he won the Most Popular Driver Award 15 times in a row.
After driving for his father’s team in the NASCAR Cup Series, in 2008 he switched to drive for Hendrick Motorsports to drive number 88. He stayed there until he retired as a full-time driver in 2017. After 26 wins he retired among the top 40 drivers in NASCAR history.
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