Motorsports Journalist Chris Economacki Dies At 91

Legendary motorsports journalist Chris Economacki died Friday.

Chris Economacki (Photo: ESPN)

Known as “The Dean of Motorsports Journalism”, Economacki was 91 years old.

Economacki, a Brookyln, N.Y. native began selling copies of National Speed Sport News at age 13 and later became the editor of the publication.

Economacki’s “Editor’s Notebook” was must read material within motorsports.

Economacki also became one of the most enduring voices of motorsports through his television broadcast work with multiple outlets, most notably ABC Wide World of Sports racing events.

“The passing of Chris Economaki is a tough loss for me on both a personal and professional level, having known Chris throughout my life,” NASCAR chairman Brian France said in a statement. “Many people consider Chris the greatest motorsports journalist of all time. He was, indeed, ‘the Dean.’ Chris was a fixture for years at NASCAR events, and played a huge role in growing NASCAR’s popularity. I’ll miss seeing him and of course, I’ll miss hearing that voice. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughters Corinne and Tina and the rest of Chris’ family.”

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