Crew member with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Xfinity team dies

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Ryan Shea, car chief for Chip Ganassi Racing’s Xfinity Series team, died Wednesday night in his Troutman, N.C., home, Chip Ganassi Racing stated. Shea was 34 years old, according to his Facebook page.

According to his LinkedIn page, Shea joined Chip Ganassi Racing in Jan. 2015. He was a car chief/mechanic at Michael Waltrip Racing from 2007-15. Shea began working in NASCAR in Feb. 2001 when he was hired by BAM Racing. He later worked for FitzBradshaw Racing, Carver Racing, ppc Racing and Braun Racing.

“It is a sad day for our team as we mourn the untimely loss of Ryan,” said Chip Ganassi, team owner. “Ryan was a dedicated worker and a great friend to those on our team, as well as others in the garage. Our hearts go out to Ryan’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

“Ryan was a tremendous asset to Chip Ganassi Racing and the No. 42 team and will be sorely missed,” said crew chief Mike Shiplett. “My thoughts go out to his wife, children, family and friends in this time of mourning.”

Kyle Larson and Justin Marks have split time driving the No. 42 car this season. Larson drove the car at Daytona, Atlanta and Auto Club Speedway. Marks drove the car at Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Marks stated on Twitter: “Racing is family: It is said that NASCAR is one big family. This means that Ryan Shea was my brother. My brother in a love for racing, dedication to making cars go as fast as possible, being a team player, and a devotion to not only the Katerra/ENEOS 42 team but all of Chip Ganassi Racing.

“I didn’t know Ryan for very long. But the impact he made on his teammates and coworkers was evident in all of their eyes today on the shop floor at CGR.

“We’re all in this together because of our shared love for the sport we’ve all invested so much of our lives into. When we lose a member it hurts the entire family. But it won’t be in vain because this team will dig deeper, work harder, and achieve more in memory of Ryan.

“That’s what families do.”

Kyle Larson stated on Twitter: “Saddened by the loss of my car chief in the xfinity series. Can’t believe he’s gone so soon! My condolences go out to him and his family.”

Chip Ganassi Racing will communicate further details regarding funeral arrangements and memorials as they become available.

Condolences came from throughout the NASCAR community on social media: