Last month, Dale Earnhardt Jr. received a pretty awesome gift from a fan ... his father's 2001 IROC fire suit. On Sunday - before putting it "under lock and key" - Junior tried it on and posted this picture to Twitter.
Before I put this old thing under lock and key, I just had to try it on. Dads 2001 IROC uniform. pic.twitter.com/SQtUSdGmWG— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 23, 2015
"The guy bought it on eBay and just walked up to me and handed it to me," said Junior after receiving the gift at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "He said he thought I should have it. I thought it was very nice. Very cool."
This was the fire suit that Dale Earnhardt wore while competing in an IROC (International Race of Champions) race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 16, 2001. Two days later, "The Intimidator" died in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500.