Best known as the third wife of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Teresa Earnhardt doesn’t have the best of reputation with the late racer’s fans. Many blame Teresa for her treatment of Dale Ernhardt Inc., a racing team that was founded by Dale Earnhardt and Teresa Earnhardt. While the widow of the late racer worked hard to help her husband establish Dale Earnhardt, Inc, many blame that it was Teresa who burnt the company to the ground. Fans are also far from satisfied with Teresa’s treatment of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife René. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Teresa Earnhardt.
Teresa Earnhardt was born on the 29th of October, 1958, in Hickory, North Carolina. Born to Hal Houston, Teresa comes from a family of Nascar drivers. Her uncle Tommy Houston retired as a legendary Busch Series driver. Born and raised in a racing household, Teresa was interested in racing from a very young age. On the academic side of things, Teresa attended Bunker Hill High School in Claremont, North Carolina. She continued her higher education and later graduated with a degree in commercial art and interior design.
Meeting Dale Earnhardt, marriage, and death:
Teresa and Dale Earnhardt met at the race tracks in the 1970s. At the time, Dale was already considered a legendary NASCAR driver and was just coming off a divorce from his second wife, Brenda Gee. The pair began dating within days of meeting and stayed together for a good few years before deciding to tie the knot on the 14th of November, 1982. The pair had a single child, Taylor Nicole Earnhardt, who was born on the 20th of December, 1988.
While the pair enjoyed their times as a married couple, things weren’t meant to last. In January of 2001, Dale Earnhardt crashed into a retaining wall after making contact with Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader. Earnhardt was killed instantly, and following the death of her husband, it fell upon Teresa to carry on his legacy.
Dale Earnhardt Inc.:
Dale Earnhardt Inc was founded by Teresa and Dale in 1998. Even though the company was founded by Dale, he never raced under its banner in the Winston cup but chose his long-time mentor and backer Richard Childress at RCR. So, it fell upon Teresa to head the company and she guided the team through four Busch Series championships in 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2005 and two Craftsman Truck Series championships in 1996 and 1998. Teresa’s first-ever win came in 2001 the same year she lost her husband in a car crash.
Following the death of her husband, Teresa’s relationship with her stepson Dale Earnhardt Jr. worsened and the pair got into a huge dispute over the leadership of the group. In 2007, Earnhardt Jr. announced that he would not be returning under the banner of DEI for the 2008 season. The decision came after Teresa’s appointment of entertainment executive Max Siegel as President of Global Operations in 2006, to help the company expand into the entertainment business. In May 2007, the company purchased Ginn Racing.
Following the announcement of her stepson’s departure, Teresa was unable to keep the sponsors Budweiser and The U.S. Army. As a result, the company announced a merger with Chip Ganassi Racing in November 2008 which resulted in the formation of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. In 2014, Teresa’s shares in the company were bought by Ganassi, who reverted the name of the group to Chip Ganassi Racing.
The dispute in Trademark:
In 2016, Kerry Earnhardt and his wife Rene decided to launch a line of homes and furniture under the name, The Earnhardt Collection. However, Teresa filed a case against the pair for trademark infringement. She won the case which required the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to clarify its decisions to allow the use of the name.
Through her involvement in business ventures, Teresa Earnhardt has collected significant wealth over the years. She has a current net worth of USD 50 Million.
A quick write on her late husband Dale Earnhardt:
Dale Earnhardt was an American race car driver who is considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of NASCAR. He was born on April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He began racing at a young age and rose through the ranks making. After making his NASCAR debut in 1975 Earnhardt quickly made a name for himself in the racing world, and he won his first NASCAR Cup Series race in 1979. Over the course of his career, he won a total of 76 Cup Series races, tied for sixth on the all-time list, and won seven Cup Series championships, tied for the most with Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson.
Earnhardt was known for his aggressive driving style, and his fans loved him for it. He was also known for his ability to read a race and make strategic decisions that often led to victory. He earned the nickname “The Intimidator” for his fearlessness on the track.
Tragically, Earnhardt died in a crash during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, one of the biggest races in NASCAR. His death shook the racing world and led to changes in safety protocols and equipment in the sport.
Earnhardt’s legacy lives on, and he is remembered as one of the greatest drivers in the history of NASCAR. He was posthumously inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.
Teresa Earnhardt Wiki/Bio Facts:
October 29, 1958
64 years old
Hickory, North Carolina, United States
Dale Earnhardt (m. 1982–2001)
Taylor Nicole Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt Jr
$50 Million USD
Bunker Hill High School, Claremont, North Carolina