What happened to NASCAR team owner Teresa Earnhardt? Is She Married Now?
Teresa was born on the 29th October 1958 in Hickory, North Carolina USA, and is a businesswoman, but perhaps best known to the world as the third wife of the tragically deceased stock car racer Dale Earnhardt. After his death, Teresa took over the Dale Earnhardt, Inc. NASCAR organization, which operated until 2009 when it merged with Chip Ganassi Racing to form the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
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Early Life and Education
Born as Teresa Houston, she is the daughter of Hal Houston, while her uncle is the legendary Tommy Houston, who alongside Jack Ingram helped raise NASCAR’s popularity during the ‘80s and ‘90s. She went to Bunker Hill High School, located in Claremont, North Carolina, and during her high school years played basketball for the team, showing her first signs of interest in sports.
However, after matriculation, she chose not to pursue a sports career but instead obtained a degree in commercial art and interior design.
First Meeting with Dale Earnhardt and Marriage
With her family being firm NASCAR enthusiasts, she would often attend races, and it was during one of these in the late ‘70s that she met Dale Earnhardt. The two started dating and in a couple of years exchanged their wedding vows in 1982. Six years later, the couple welcomed their daughter Taylor Nicole.
The career of a Businesswoman
Teresa and Dale launched Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 1998, and for the next few years enjoyed success by winning the Busch Series in 1998 and 1999, and Craftsman Truck Series as well. Unfortunately, in 2001 Dale Earnhardt lost his life in a tragic accident at the Daytona 500 race. He was involved in a car crash with Ken Schrader after making minor contact with Sterling Marlin, but Dale hit the outside wall head-on and was killed instantly. His teammate Michael Waltrip won the race, and the team officials while celebrating Michael’s victory all feared for Dale’s wellbeing. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough, and despite a quick response by paramedics, there was no help for Dale. Following Dale’s death, Teresa took over full control of the company, but a couple of years after Dale’s death, the sponsors started leaving the company. Furthermore, Teresa and Dale sons, Dale Jr. started a feud over the ownership of the company, which eventually resulted in Dale Jr. signing with Hendrick Motorsports, instead of extending his contract with the Dale Earnhardt Inc. This led to further disarray in the company, and two years later she had to accept the offer from Chip Ganassi and merge with his Ganassi Racing to form the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Their collaboration lasted until 2014 when Chip Ganassi bought Teresa’s shares of the NASCAR team. Since then, she has focused on other ventures of the Dale Earnhardt Inc. looking to preserve the legacy of one of the greatest NASCAR drivers in history. Dale Earnhardt was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in the inaugural year of 2010. Teresa was present at the induction, speaking proudly of her husband and his accomplishments.
Do You Know How Rich Teresa Earnhardt is?
Well, despite hardships that Dale Earnhardt Inc. has suffered through in recent years, Teresa has maintained a rather decent net worth. According to authoritative sources, her wealth has been estimated at $50 million, earned through her successful business ventures. Together with her late husband, she owned a 300-plus acre farm near Mooresville, North Carolina, but since then has bought a house in Palm Beach, Florida, where she now resides.
Life After NASCAR
Following the disarray of the team, Teresa has focused herself on charitable work, and has avoided the media since her appearance at the Hall of Fame induction. Despite the fact that she has given her life to preserving the legacy of her late husband, many fans of NASCAR blame Teresa for the downhill slide of Dale Earnhardt Inc. Her feud with Dale Jr. and his leaving the team, and further disagreements with family members all led to Teresa becoming not one of the adored Earnhardts.
Do You Know her current Relationship Status?
Since the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt, Teresa has managed to keep her life at a low profile and not divulge her intimate details, but the media managed to discover her close relationship with John Menard Jr., owner of the Menards, a chain of home improvement stores. However, no confirmation has come from either of them about romance. She is currently single, and focused on philanthropic activities.