Sammy Gonzalez loses battle with cancer

sammygonzalezLongtime 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.

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.

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