Wood Brothers Racing founder dead at 93

Wood Brothers Racing founder Glen Wood died Friday, the team announced. He was 93.

Wood was the co-founder with brothers Leonard and Delano of what is now the oldest continuously running team in NASCAR, which has been home to a number of racing legends over the years.

The team has 99 victories at the top level of NASCAR racing. Its drivers through the years have included Tiny Lund, Cale Yarborough, AJ Foyt and Ryan Blaney.

"In every way, Glen Wood was an original," NASCAR CEO Jim France said in a statement. "In building the famed Wood Brothers Racing at the very beginnings of our sport, Glen laid a foundation for NASCAR excellence that remains to this day. As both a driver and a team owner, he was, and always will be, the gold standard. But personally, even more significant than his exemplary on-track record, he was a true gentleman and a close confidant to my father, mother and brother. On behalf of the France family and all of NASCAR, I send my condolences to the entire Wood family for the loss of a NASCAR giant."

Fellow owner Jack Roush was one of many around NASCAR who mourned the loss in social media tributes and said that Wood was "the first to offer help and advice" when Roush began looking into starting a team of his own.

Wood, whose team raced in Fords for nearly seven decades, also was remembered in a statement from Edsel B. Ford, who is on the board of directors for the automaker.

"This is a difficult day for all of us at Ford Motor Company," he said. "Glen Wood was the founding patriarch of the oldest continuously operating NASCAR Cup Series team and we consider Wood Brothers Racing a part of our family, the Ford Family. The Wood Brothers race team, by any measure, has been one of the most successful racing operations in the history of NASCAR. Most importantly for our company, Glen and his family have remained loyal to Ford throughout their 69-year history."

Wood, who retired as a driver at 39, was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012 as a driver and owner.

--Field Level Media

01/18/2019 13:16

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