Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (April 29, 1951 ƒ?? February 18, 2001) was an American race car driver, best known for his career driving stock cars in NASCAR’s top division. Earnhardt had four children, Kerry, Kelley Earnhardt Elledge, Dale Jr., and Taylor Earnhardt. His widow, Teresa Earnhardt (whom he married in 1982) was the owner of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, (EGR) the race team and merchandising corporation Earnhardt founded with Teresa was founded in February 1980. The DEI corporation merged with Chip Ganassi at the end of the 2008 race season, and is now known as Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.