In Memoriam: Chris Economaki

Legendary motorsports journalist Chris Economaki, best known for his long tenure as editor of National Speed Sport News and his work as a television commentator, passed away earlier today at the age of 91.

INDYCAR has released the following statement on the loss of the “Dean of American Motorsports“:

“INDYCAR and the world of motorsports have lost a true friend with the passing of Chris Economaki. The Dean of American motorsports journalists, Chris dedicated most of his life to reporting the sport of auto racing and telling the stories of the heroes of our sport. He was truly one of a kind. We send our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”

The press conference room at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is named after Economaki, who worked his way up to lead NSSN after selling copies of the publication as a teenager.

Economaki won many awards in his career and was a member of multiple racing-related Halls of Fame, including the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be determined.

UPDATE: IMS president Jeff Belskus has also released a statement on Economaki’s death:

“Chris was the dean of motorsports journalism. His accurate, incisive reporting helped increase the audience of the sport and put the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, its events and competitors into the global spotlight. He set a standard for others to follow for generations and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts, sympathies and prayers are with his family and friends.”