Glen Wood, NASCAR’s Hall of Fame member and founder of Wood Brothers Racing, passed away at the age of 93 on January 18, 2019, as the Wood family announced on Friday morning through Wood Brothers Racing’s various social media channels.
“With deep sorrow we mourn the team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning,” tweeted Wood Brothers Racing (@ WoodBrothers21). “We want to thank the family, friends, our little town in Patrick County, Virginia, and everyone in the NASCAR community for their unwavering support.”
Wood founded Wood Brothers Racing in 1950 with the brothers Leonard and Delano Wood and from 1953 to 1964 Glen Wood was driver of the legendary Ford No. 21 of the team. Wood won four times in 62 career starts in the series, now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.
After leaving the car, Wood remained active in the racing team and took administrative leadership for almost 30 years. He and his brother Leonard Wood are considered pioneers of the modern pit stop as a result of innovations that are not limited to NASCAR competition. A Wood Brothers Racing pit crew helped Jim Clark win the 1965 Indianapolis 500.
“It’s a very sad day for all of us involved in the Ford racing program,” Mark Rushbrook said, Global Director of Ford Motorsports. “Not only is NASCAR a pioneer in NASCAR sports because of its team’s winning legacy, its vision and determination to lead Wood Brothers Racing from a small Virginia family business to one of the most veteran teams in the history of the sport is an American success story They did it with grit and innovation and hard work, and they changed the sport for the better on the way, and the fact that during their 69-year history they have never been deterred from their loyalty to the Ford Motor Company means to all of us World.”
Wood Brothers Racing, the oldest Nascar team, continues to drive its Ford No. 21 in the Cup Series in sen. The team has 99 Premier Series wins, the final coming on Pocono Raceway at Long Pond, Pa., With Ryan Blaney as driver.
In 2012, Wood was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a year before his brother Leonard Wood was recorded.
“First and foremost, we extend our sincere condolences to Ms. Bernece, Eddie and Carol, Len and Nancy, Kim and Terry, and the entire Wood family on behalf of everyone in the NASCAR Hall of Fame,” states Winston Kelley, Executive Director the NASCAR Hall of Fame. read.
“There are so many words that describe Glen Wood – a pioneer, legend, competitor, dedicated, dedicated, resilient, modest, authentic and many more.” On the track, Glen Wood, founded in 1950, collected 99 Premier Series wins, including exceptional achievements at some NASCAR’s marquee races such as five Daytona 500s, four Coca-Cola 600s and four Southern 500s Glen was an accomplished rider in his own right winning four times in NASCAR Premier Series, five in NASCAR Convertible Division and numerous others Sportsman and Modified Division races before putting his helmet on hold for his considerable talents on the ownership and innovation side of Wood Brothers Racing, Glen reached the ultimate heyday of his NASCAR career by being honored for his incredible achievements and contributions to NASCAR, by being inducted into the third class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012. The legendary riders playing for Wood Brothers Ra NASCAR’s “who is who” literally reads, such as David Pearson (2011), Junior Johnson (2010), Cale Yarborough (2012), Dale Jarrett (2014), Bill Elliott (2015), Curtis Turner (2015). 2017), Joe Weatherly (2015), Fred Lorenzen (2015), Hall of Fame nominees Ricky Rudd and Buddy Baker, and legendary riders AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney, to name but a few.
“In addition to their success on the track, Wood Brothers Racing has been known to revolutionize pit stops and reduce the time spent on the pit lane by up to 50 percent, and Wood Brothers Racing recently won the Guinness Book of Records awarded as the longest active NASCAR team, now 69 years old and counting.
“With all this success, Glen will perhaps be most remembered, is his grace, humility, and character.” The word that best describes Glen to me is Gentleman, as I have often said when you use the term Southern Gentleman If you look up a dictionary of Glen Wood and probably all the Wood Brothers, while we’ve lost one of the true pioneers, icons and legends of NASCAR, Glen’s legacy and remembrance will continue through Wood Brothers Racing, and will be here at NASCAR Hall of Fame, in the Wood Brothers Museum at Stuart, Va., and in our hearts and minds. “