Fans Gather At Earnhardt Headquarters To Mourn Loss of Race Car Driver
Posted February 18, 2001
MOORESVILLE — A steady stream of fans, many crying and hugging each other, have come to the Dale Earnhardt headquarters in Mooresville, bringing flowers and momentos, and lighting candles for someone they considered part of their family.
Earnhardt's crew was one of the first people to lay flowers at Earnhardt's headquarters. The largest memorial to Earnhardt was set up at his "Garage-Mahal," located near his home in Mooresville, north of Charlotte.
"His legacy will always be there. He is as big as Elvis, and he will always be in my heart. NASCAR will never be the same without him," says fan Debbie Wise.
Earnhardt's death brought many people to tears. Fans David and Sarah Rafferty came to the makeshift shrine right after the Daytona race ended. They say they are not worried about the future of NASCAR.
"It will go on. We just have to get through the grief. Next weekend will bring another race," David says.
"We will still follow racing, and we will still follow NASCAR. We're still No. 8 fans (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), so I guess we will look to him to carry on the legacy," Sarah says.
A giant, white banner was erected for mourners to write their thoughts and memories of Earnhardt. If you would like to send a special message to the family of Dale Earnhardt, you can send cards and letters to:Dale Earnhardt, Inc.1675 Coddle Creek Hwy.Mooresville, NC 28115
In lieu of flowers, fans are asked to send donations in honor of Earnhardt to: The Carolinas Foundationc/o Dale EarnhardtPO Box 34769Charlotte, NC 28234-4769