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.