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.
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˝
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, KaseyKahne and Dave Blaney, who now enjoy successful
careers with NASCAR.
services for Ted Johnson, the founder of the World of Outlaws racing series, will be on Oct. 25 at TurrentineJacksonMorrowRidgeviewMemorial Park in McKinney, Texas.