NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Wednesday that he is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Amy Reimann.
Tweeted Reimann: “I’m completely overwhelmed with love & joy. Happiest girl in the world! I love you so much @DaleJr .”
NBC Sports reported that Earnhardt popped the question in Germany, where he had gone to retrace his family’s roots.
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Earnhardt’s sister and business partner, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, confirmed the engagement in a Tweet from Germany, where she is vacationing with her family. She used the German phrase for “congratulations” in her Tweet.
Earnhardt, 40, has been voted NASCAR’s most popular driver for 12 years by fans, and his relationship with Reimann has continually generated lots of buzz. Reimann is an interior designer and native of Texas.
In April, Reimann had to go on Twitter to deny she and Earnhardt had gotten married during a secret beach wedding, for instance.
In post-race interviews after his win at Talladega Superspeedway in May, Earnhardt reflected on what Reimann, 33, has meant to him.
Before they began dating, Earnhardt said, he was much more reluctant to attend functions both at home and on race weekends at the track, according to Fox Sports. Reimann has helped him become more sociable, the network reported.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Earnhardt recounted how much he missed Reimann when the pair decided she wouldn’t attend the Talladega race and she would instead get things done around their Mooresville home.
“I was miserable that she wasn’t here,” he told the AP at Talladega. “It just proves to me how much she means to me and how important she is to me. She’s been a big help in getting me out of my shell.”
Earnhardt talked about how he spent so many years holed up in his motor home at the race track, how he turned down many invitations to parties or events just to sit at his computer and online race, according to the AP.
“I thought I was having fun, but I was really miserable,” he said. “She’s made my life a whole lot more enjoyable and showed me how to have fun and showed me there’s a lot more to life.”
At the Daytona 500 Media Day in February, Earnhardt Jr. admitted to a phobia about rings and other jewelry, calling them “creepy,” but he didn’t let that get in the way of his proposal.
He said he and Reimann talked about what might happen down the road if they got married. Earnhardt had no plans to give in, saying in February that he wouldn’t wear a ring but would get Reimann one if she wanted.