Chris Economaki

  • "Dear Economaki family and friends. I am truly sorry to hear..."
    - Lynn Harmon
  • "We will always remember meeting you at The "500"Motel..."
    - Jim and Donna Brett
  • "Condolences to the family. I will never foget that voice...."
    - Mary Jane Reed
  • "Sending you love and prayers through this difficult time...."
    - Sandy
  • "You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide..."

Chris Economaki, known as the "Dean of American Motorsports," died early Friday morning. He was 91.

Economaki began selling single copies of National Speed Sport News at age 14 and eventually became the publication's editor - a position he held for 60 years.

Economaki next turned his attention and energies to broadcasting, covering several Indianapolis 500s, Daytona 500s, Formula 1 Grand Prixes and other motorsports events for "ABC Wide World of Sports" in the '60s. Two decades later, he moved on to CBS Sports and later contributed to ESPN and TBS motorsports programming.

Funeral arragements are incomplete.

For more information, read Economaki's obituary at National Speed Sport News here.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 28, 2012
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