Longtime NASCAR mechanic Sammy Gonzalez has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Gonzalez most recently had worked for the No. 1 team of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Gonzalez and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Ron Hornaday had been close friends for years.
So so sad @lindyhornaday: Today we lost a Great Great Man, Sammy n Heaven just received One Special Angel!! RIP my Friend I love you Sammy
— Ron Hornaday (@RonHornaday) January 24, 2013
Hornaday drove the No. 9 truck with a special decal honoring his friend at the Michigan race in 2012. Other drivers around the Sprint Cup Series garage also carried the image on their cars.