Saturday, September 29, 2012

Chris Economaki, R.I.P.

Listen to Fox Sports Radio on a Sunday morning, and Rob d'Amico hosts the motorsport-related programme "Speed Sport on Fox".

Find a newsstand for Speed Sport magazine, published by Ralph Sheheen.

Or you might just head over to

All of these things have one thing in common.

Flash back to 1934, where a young kid in the Depression era was selling copies of a New Jersey-based publication focused on local dirt track and board track motorsport of the time, hawking single copies of a publication to racegoers. 

Thus began the story of Chris Economaki, who later took control of the magazine until media trends changed in the late 2000's.

We remember Chris Economaki today, on the word from current Speed Sport magazine publisher Ralph Sheheen that the 92-year old journalism legend has died.

A tribute by Congress:

More than thirty years before Mike Joy's call of Australia's legendary Bathurst 1000 for US television sent Australian race fans wanting more of his calls, Chris was pitside for Seven's call of the Great Race.

1984: Economaki at a dirt track while covering Talladega the next afternoon. The simple fundamentals of sport are often mentioned still.
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