Dick Passwater is confirmed dead at the age of 93.
Dick was best known as a American racecar driver.
Dick Passwater
Born(1926-07-24)July 24, 1926
Indianapolis, Indiana
DiedJuly 10, 2020(2020-07-10) (aged 93)
Sarasota, Florida
NASCAR Cup Series career
20 races run over 2 years
Best finish25th (1952)
First race1952 Motor City 250 (Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway)
Last race1953 Southern 500 (Darlington)
First win1953 Race #5 (Charlotte Speedway)
Last win1953 Race #5 (Charlotte Speedway)
WinsTop tensPoles
1140
Richard "Dick" Passwater (July 24, 1926 – July 10, 2020) was an American racecar driver who raced in NASCAR and USAC Stock Cars.
Contents
1 Background
2 Racing career
3 Life after racing
4 References
5 External links
Background
Passwater was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and he attended
Racing career
Passwater started racing after World War II, and was active in the 1950s and 1960s. He won the fifth race of the 1953 NASCAR Grand National Series season at Charlotte Speedway in his 1953 Oldsmobile. He won the race after most of the top contenders either fell out of the race or had to make a late pit stop at the 3/4 mile long dirt track. The race saw a then-record six drivers take the lead with 18 lead changes. He led three laps in his NASCAR career, all in this race at Charlotte. One of Passwater's Oldsmobiles is in a museum in Lansing, Michigan. He retired because car owner Frank Arford had died in a crash in Langhorne, PA while attempting to qualify for the race. Passwater's generosity of letting the owner race backfired, and he returned home with a ride. He campaigned a self-owned Olds for his last race in the '53 Southern 500, finishing ninth.
Life after racing
Passwater worked at car repair shops. He opened a car body repair shop named Passwater's Auto Specialists. Passwater died in July 2020, shortly before his 94th birthday.
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