World of Outlaws Sprint Car Racing Series Founder Passes


PLANO, TX (October 21) – Ted Johnson, whose tireless dedication to sprint car racing made the sport the national spectacle it is today, passed away peacefully at his home early Saturday morning.


Johnson, who drove midget racecars before becoming a china salesman, possessed a lifelong love for auto racing that prompted him to establish the World of Outlaws in 1978. The series ran its first event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite and quickly became the world’s largest sprint car racing organization. Johnson sold the series to DIRT Motorsports in 2004 and served as a consultant the last 1˝ years.


Johnson was a dedicated family man who worked closely with wife Stacy, daughter Lesa and son-in-law Carlton Reimers to build the World of Outlaws into the world’s fourth-largest auto racing series. The series has influenced thousands of sprint car racers, including 20-time champion Steve Kinser and Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Dave Blaney, who now enjoy successful careers with NASCAR.



Funeral services for Ted Johnson, the founder of the World of Outlaws racing series, will be 10 a.m. on Oct. 25 at Turrentine Jackson Morrow Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney, Texas.


Turrentine Jackson Morrow can be contacted at 972-562-2601 or found on the Internet at http://www.turrentinejacksonmorrow.com.