Two Earnhardt Ganassi Racing crew members -– including the front tire changer on Juan Pablo Montoya’s #42 Target Chevrolet -– are jailed on multiple drug charges today after being arrested by police in Huntersville, N.C.
Front tire changer Trevor Lysne is charged with trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to distribute marijuana. Earnhardt Ganassi mechanic Jerome Frey is charged with trafficking marijuana and possession with intent to sell and deliver. The Mecklenburg County (NC) Sheriff's Department said Lysne and Frey were released after posting bond of $30,000 and $25,000, respectively
The arrests came after the Huntersville Police Department intercepted a package containing more than 10 pounds of marijuana that had been shipped to the pair from California. While NASCAR has not yet commented publicly on their arrests, Lysne and Frye are expected to be suspended indefinitely by the sanctioning body for violation of its substance abuse policy, which reads in part, “NASCAR members are prohibited from using, possessing, purchasing, selling and/or participating in the distribution of any drug that is illegal to possess, use and/or distribute by the laws of the United States of America... regardless of the amount, at any time."
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing co-owner Chip Ganassi said of the arrests, “I am extremely disappointed with the news that we received about two of our crew members. We have a zero tolerance policy in this organization and effective immediately both individuals’ employment has been terminated.”