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Max Siegel: highest-ranking African-American team executive in NASCAR

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Max Siegel was abducted at 5 with his little sister by a father who convinced the two their mother was dead. He didn’t find out otherwise until he was reunited with his mother at 12 after his father died of cancer.

Siegel relayed that story to Dale Earnhardt Jr. when he took over the day-to-day operations of Dale Earnhardt Inc. in early February.

Earnhardt related to Siegel’s rough upbringing.

At 6, a fire destroyed his mother’s house. Unable to take care of Earnhardt and his sister, Kelley, she sent them to live with their dad, who had remarried. Dale Sr. was absent most of the time tending to his racing career. His wife, Teresa, according to Dale Jr., remained emotionally distant toward the children thrust onto her household.

Siegel says sharing those stories helped form a bond.

Siegel arrived at DEI’s shop in Mooresville, N.C., as the only African-American employee and the highest-ranking African-American team executive in NASCAR. He has hired an assistant to double that number at DEI.

Read the entire article at USA Today

*Siegel is the first African American to graduate with honors from Notre Dame Law School



Written by Symphony

February 27, 2008 at 6:27 pm

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  1. This Story is amazing I would love to know more or to meet this gentleman I live in London England and just reading this article has really touched me

    Ms Denva Johnson

    June 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

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