Crew members fired after drug arrest

Two Earnhardt Ganassi Racing crew members were fired Wednesday
after their arrests on charges of trafficking marijuana.

Police arrested Trevor Lynn Lysne and Jerome David Frey in
Huntersville, NC, on Tuesday after confiscating about 10.5 pounds
of marijuana that authorities say had been shipped to the two men
from California.

“(We received) a tip that it was coming in from California
from Fed Ex,” said Capt. Michael Kee of the Huntersville
Police Department. “We set up an undercover operation and
caught them.”

Lysne was charged with one count of trafficking marijuana, one
count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and
one count of maintaining a dwelling to distribute marijuana.

Lysne, 40, was the front tire changer for the No. 42 car driven
by Juan Pablo Montoya. Frey, 27 was a mechanic.

They were fired by EGR and suspended indefinitely by NASCAR
officials.

“I am extremely disappointed with the news that we
received about two of our crew members,” team owner Chip Ganassi
said. “We have a zero-tolerance policy in this organization, and
effective immediately both individuals’ employment has been
terminated.”

NASCAR offiials said they suspended Lysne and Frey 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.