Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Greg Ives released the following statement on behalf of the team on Monday upon hearing the devastating news that team member William ‘Rowdy’ Harrell and his wife Blakley were killed in a traffic accident on Sunday night.
Harrell who worked on the No.88 Chevy driven by Alex Bowman and Blakley had been on their way to their honeymoon having been married on Saturday.
In the statement, Ives said:
“Our entire team is absolutely devastated at the loss of Rowdy and Blakley,” “They were such positive, giving and passionate people who could not have been a more perfect match. Rowdy had an energetic and infectious personality. He was the heart and soul of our team and always kept us motivated, no matter the circumstance. Rowdy shared his love with the people around him and was loved in return. Although he will be greatly missed, his memory will continue to inspire us always. Our prayers are with Rowdy, Blakley and their wonderful family.”
Alex Bowman tweeted:
Rowdy was everything that made the 88 team, the 88 team. The biggest personality and the best person. He was the happiest person you’d ever meet, and that was only reenforced by his wife Blakley. Rip to an absolute legend. You’ll be missed every single day brother. pic.twitter.com/ouvflY1M7h
— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) November 25, 2020