Glen Wood, NASCAR’s Wood Brothers Racing co-founder, dies at 93

Glen Wood, NASCAR’s Wood Brothers Racing co-founder, dies at 93
Glen Wood, co-founder of Wood Brothers Racing, died at age 93. (Instagram screenshot | Wood Brothers Racing)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Glen Wood died at the age of 93, Wood Brothers Racing announced Friday morning.

Wood was the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame until his passing, according to NASCAR. Wood was inducted into the third class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.

Wood and his brother, Leonard, built a legendary racing operation now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

“We started racing in 1950 with a car we bought for $50,” Wood told the Associated Press as the team readied for its 1,000th start in 2000, NASCAR reports. “We put No. 50 on the side of the car because it just seemed like the right thing to do. Now here we are 50 years later.”

Wood laid the foundation for the famed Wood Brothers racing team as a driver in the Cup series and continued his run as a successful owner, the Charlotte Observer reports. Wood Brothers Racing has amassed 98 victories in 1,450 races.

In 1998, Wood was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.

Wood’s driving days ended in 1964 but he maintained a savvy team owner, employing several drivers – David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Curtis Turner and A.J. Foyt among them, according to NASCAR.

“It’s with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning,” Wood Brothers Racing tweeted Friday morning. “We want to thank family, friends, our small-town Virginia community of Patrick County, as well as everyone in the NASCAR community for their unwavering support.”

“There are so many words that describe Glen Wood – pioneer, legend, competitor, dedicated, committed, resilient, humble, authentic and many more,” NASCAR said in a statement Friday on Woods' passing.

“With all that success, perhaps what Glen will most be remembered for is his grace, humility and character. The word that best describes Glen to me is gentleman. I’ve often said if you looked up the term “Southern Gentleman” in the dictionary, you would see a picture of Glen Wood and likely all of the Wood Brothers," NASCAR said in the statement. "While we have lost one of NASCAR’s true pioneers, icons and legends, Glen’s legacy and memory will continue through Wood Brothers Racing and will be forever remembered, preserved, celebrated and cherished here at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, at the Wood Brothers Museum in Stuart, Virginia, and in our hearts and minds.”

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