On April 22, JR Motorsports announced the tragic death of Brenda Jackson, the longtime employee of JRM and mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, who passed away following a heroic battle with cancer. She was 65.
Jackson, whose career with JR Motorsports (the NASCAR Xfinity Series racing team owned by Junior, Earnhardt Miller, and Rick Hendrick) spanned 15 years, was the ex-wife of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and the daughter of renowned NASCAR fabricator Robert Gee. More than anything, Jackson cherished the time she got to work with and be around her two children. JRM's touching tribute to Jackson goes to show how just many lives she touched within the NASCAR community.
Per JR Motorsports:
Known for her wit, charisma and unparalleled ability to cut to the heart of any matter, Jackson became an instant favorite to her friends and colleagues at JR Motorsports when she joined the company as an accounting specialist in 2004. Her sarcastic musings and straightforward approach injected a brand of humor at JR Motorsports that became part of its fabric as it grew into a full-time NASCAR racing operation in 2006 and a championship-winning organization in 2014.
While Jackson's career at JR Motorsports spanned 15 years, her presence in racing covered a lifetime. She was one of two daughters and four children to legendary NASCAR fabricator Robert Gee, a Virginia native who built winning cars for many celebrated racers, including one up-and-comer from Kannapolis, N.C. named Dale Earnhardt.
Following the announcement of Jackson's passing, a number of tributes poured in from all around the NASCAR world.
Rest in peace, Brenda.