NASCAR legend Glen Wooden died on Friday at age 93, forsaking probably the most superb legacies within the sport’s historical past.
Glen and his sibling Leonard based their namesake Wooden Brothers Racing staff in 1950 and entered the NASCAR Cup collection in 1953. Glen would go on to win 4 races over an 11-year driving profession, then assist shepherd an extended checklist of racers that would come with 19 named to NASCAR’s 50 Best Drivers checklist alongside him. Stars like Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Junior Johnson and Invoice Elliott have been among the many prime drivers that hung out in a Wooden Brothers automotive.
Wooden Brothers Racing is credited with inventing the fashionable pit cease, which reduce the time its automobiles have been parked for tires and gasoline in half. The staff was so good at it that Ford requested it to be the pit crew for its 1965 Indianapolis 500 effort, which noticed Jim Clark drive a mid-engine automotive to victory for the primary time, revolutionizing the collection.
“It is a tough day for all of us at Ford Motor Firm,” stated Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s board of administrators. “The Wooden Brothers race staff, by any measure, has been probably the most profitable racing operations within the historical past of NASCAR. Most significantly for our firm, Glen and his household have remained loyal to Ford all through their 69-year historical past.
“Glen was an innovator who, alongside together with his household, modified the game itself. However, extra importantly, he was a real Southern gentleman who was fast with a smile and a handshake and he was a person of his phrase. I’ll cherish the recollections of our chats within the NASCAR storage, at their race store in Mooresville or the racing museum in Stuart.”
Wooden Brothers Racing is acknowledged because the longest lively NASCAR staff, and is sitting on a document of 99 wins over 1,459 NASCAR Cup races coming into this season. Present driver Paul Menard completed 19th in 2018.
Glen was inducted into the NASCAR Corridor of Fame in 2012, adopted by Leonard the subsequent 12 months.
“There are such a lot of phrases that describe Glen Wooden — pioneer, legend, competitor, devoted, dedicated, resilient, humble, genuine and lots of extra,” stated NASCAR Corridor of Fame government director Winston Kelley.
Many racing greats remembered Wooden on Twitter after listening to the information of his passing.
The Related Press contributed to this report