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EGR crewmen fired, suspended after drug bust

August 10, 2011, David Caraviello,

Ganassi: Extremely disappointed with news; employment has been terminated

Two members of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team have been fired and suspended indefinitely by NASCAR after they were swept up in a drug bust conducted by police in Huntersville, N.C.

Trevor Lysne and Jerome Frey were arrested Tuesday as part of a drug bust that netted 10.5 pounds of marijuana shipped from California, according to a police report obtained by the Charlotte Observer. Lysne is the front-tire changer on the No. 42 Sprint Cup car of Juan Montoya, which is owned by EGR. The newspaper described Frey as a shop mechanic.

Wednesday, both men were cut loose by the Ganassi team.

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

NASCAR also suspended both men indefinitely, for violation of the circuit's substance abuse policy as well as actions detrimental to stock-car racing.