Dale Earnhardt Sr Statue
Daytona Beach, Florida
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed on February 18, 2001, in a crash during the final lap of the Daytona 500. The 49-year old had a winning career driving stock cars, and gained his largest following of fans in his NASCAR years, winning seven Winston cup championships.
Outside the Daytona International Speedway (where he died) and the now-closed Daytona USA attraction is a nine-foot-tall statue of Dale. He stands on a large Number 3 (his car's designation) in a pose taken from a photo of his 1998 victory at the Daytona 500 (the only time that he won that race). He's holding his winner's trophy, which reportedly was the thing that he treasured the most.
The 1,200-pound statue, by sculptor John Lajba, was unveiled in 2002, one year after Earnhardt's death.