A crash of a private airplane owned by Hendrick Motorsports has had far reaching effects into the aftermarket.
While the aftermarket’s wishes go to the families of the 10 killed in the crash, at least two of the deaths are having a direct impact on the aftermarket.
Among the dead was Randy Dorton, Hendrick Motorsports chief engine builder. He was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the AERA-Engine Rebuilders Association Expo 2005 next April in Las Vegas, Nev.
Joe Jackson, an executive with DuPont, was one of those killed. DuPont is a major sponsor of the Jeff Gordon car. DuPont is a member of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association.
The Beech 200 King Air took off from Concord, N.C., Sunday en route to attend the NASCAR race in Martinsville and crashed in the Bull Mountain area seven miles from the Blue Ridge Regional Airport in Spencer, near the Martinsville Speedway, said Arlene Murray, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Hendrick Motorsports identified the dead as: Ricky Hendrick, Rick Hendrick’s son; John Hendrick, Rick Hendrick’s brother and president of Hendrick Motorsports; Kimberly and Jennifer Hendrick, John Hendrick’s 22-year-old twin daughters; Joe Jackson, an executive with DuPont; Jeff Turner, general manager of Hendrick Motorsports; Randy Dorton, the team’s chief engine builder; Scott Lathram, a pilot for NASCAR driver Tony Stewart; and pilots Richard Tracy and Elizabeth Morrison.
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