Decal on Stewart's car honors Home Depot manager
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart will have a name other than his own on the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet for Sunday's Daytona 500.
Tom Egan's name will appear on the lower C-pillar of Stewart's Monte Carlo. Egan, a manager at a Home Depot store Tustin, Calif., was shot and killed on Feb. 9 during a robbery at the store.
Stewart's representatives said he wanted to honor Egan by placing his name on the car for Sunday's event.
Egan, 40, is survived by two children and his wife, A.J. He was a sergeant in the Marines for eight years before joining Home Depot.
The killer is still at large. Home Depot is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Bruce Merino, president of Home Depot's western division, released a statement about the tragedy.
"The Home Depot is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Tom Egan," Merino said. "Tom was a 13-year associate who worked as night operations manager in our Tustin store. Tom was respected and admired by his colleagues for his spirit and energy on the job, as well as his work in numerous community service projects in the local area.
"The company is working to comfort and console the associates who worked with Tom in this time of sadness and grief. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement to bring the perpetrator of this senseless crime to justice."
Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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