Two EGR employees charged, fired

Updated: August 11, 2011, 1:59 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Trevor Lysne, a front-tire changer for Juan Pablo Montoya's Sprint Cup team, was one of two Earnhardt Ganassi Racing employees arrested on Tuesday for trafficking marijuana.

According to the Huntersville (N.C.) Police Department, the 40-year-old Lysne was charged with one count of trafficking marijuana, one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and one count of maintaining a dwelling to distribute marijuana.

Also charged was Jerome David Frey, a mechanic for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. Frey was charged with one count of trafficking marijuana and one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.

EGR fired both Lysne and Frey, EGR owner Chip Ganassi announced Wednesday. NASCAR indefinitely banned both men, for violating Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the substance abuse policy) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book.

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

According to a Huntersville Police Department news release, 10.5 pounds of marijuana shipped out of California through a national carrier was confiscated during the investigation.

Lysne was released from the Mecklenburg County jail on $30,000 bond.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com

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