The sporting community was hit with a devastating blow when news broke that one of the greats had passed away. Legendary NASCAR driver, Glen Wood, took his final breath at the age of 93 years old.
During his lifetime and career, he made history in numerous ways, paving the road for generations to come. Together, he and his brother, Leonard, founded the Wood Brothers Racing Team in 1950.
Glen spent the next 11 years driving and excelling by leaps and bounds. He was so successful that he quickly was inducted into NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers list.
Upon hearing the devastating news, Edsel B. Ford II issued a statement: “This is a difficult day for all of us at Ford Motor Company. 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.”
He continued: “Glen was an innovator who, along with his family, changed the sport itself. But, more importantly, he was a true Southern gentleman who was quick with a smile and a handshake and he was a man of his word. I will cherish the memories of our chats in the NASCAR garage, at the race shop in Mooresville, or the racing museum in Stuart.”
Other NASCAR greats took to their social media platforms to address their condolences. Mario Andretti tweeted, “Everybody who’s anybody in our sport loves the Woods Bros. Love & respect for the standards they set. Even Colin Chapman of Lotus called on @woodbrothers21 led by Glen Wood to help him win the 1965 Indy 500 with their pit stops. RIP Glen Wood. Gone but never ever forgotten.”
Another legend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. also tweeted his sentiments. “Glen Wood sure lived a full life, a remarkable journey. His contributions to motorsports are tough to measure. My thoughts are with my dear friend, his brother Leonard and the rest of the family.”
Please keep the Wood family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months as they navigate life without their dear patriarch.