Legendary motorsports journalist and racing commentator, Chris Economaki, died late on Thursday evening at the age of 91.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1920, Economaki began working for National Speed Sport News at the tender age of 13, selling copies of the magazine. He worked for the publication in jobs as diverse as delivery boy, correspondent and publisher, and was named Editor in 1950. Economaki's column for the magazine, "The Editor's Notebook" was published for more than 50 years.

In later years the journalist began a career in broadcasting, serving as a commentator for ABC's Wide World of Sports and covering such racing highlights as the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, among many others. Economaki also appeared as a commentator for CBS Sports, ESPN's Speed Week, and Motorweek Illustrated on TBS. In total, his massive career covered every corner of motorsport, across the globe and spanned eight decades.

Brian France, CEO of NASCAR, said this of Economaki, "The passing of Chris Economaki is a tough loss for me on both a personal and professional level, having known Chris throughout my life. Many people consider Chris the greatest motorsports journalist of all time. He was, indeed, 'the Dean.'"

Scroll down to see a few videos of Economaki at home on the racetrack. In the first, Economaki talks with Dave Despain about the best driver he ever saw, and in the second, he adds insight to a special presentation about the 1965 12 Hours of Sebring. Good stuff, all.





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      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      I met Chris on a number of occasions in my travels. That voice was so instantly recognizable as "racing". Thanks Chris for all those great Wide World of Sports moments. RIP
      RHG357
      • 2 Years Ago
      Had a chance to meet Mr E at the 1978 summernationals drag races. I was 21 and found a small notepad on the ground, upon inspection, I new right away who it belonged to. I found Chris 10 minutes later and returned it . He was very thankfull and gave me 10 bucks for lunch and told me I saved his ass. Over the years I would say hi if I saw him at an event and he always remembered me. I later became a decent drag racer and had a chance for Chris to interview me. Its a small world!! He was a great guy that broke ground into motorsports coverage.
      cdub340
      • 2 Years Ago
      Listened to him from way back in the 60's till he retired, always enjoyed him, RIP
      ADM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Loved his mind, loved his voice. He will be missed. RIP Mr. Economaki
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Goodnight, sweet prince.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP - the world is a better place because of his work. I will never forget his voice.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had the honor of greeting Chris Economaki once 5 years ago even though we just shook hands I was very happy.
      Phil T
      • 2 Years Ago
      RIP Chris. I remember Chris coming here in the 70s/80s to commentate on the Bathurst 1000 from the pits. Always super professional and insightful with his comments. Condolences to his family.
      djsj21643
      • 2 Years Ago
      I echo all the comments posted....he was a professional in his craft
      Christos K. Dimou
      • 2 Years Ago
      R.I.P.
      Aleem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very very sad, he gave one of the best interviews during the Dale Earnhardt Story 10 years Later. All these great guys are being called home one legend at a time.
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        rtkewley
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes, that's a very good analogy. In the same way that Walker is virtually unknown to all but the very most serious American fans (particularly F1 lovers), Economaki is likely largely unrecognized in Europe. Both, however, are legends in their home countries. Actually, since Economaki hasn't been a staple on American TV coverage of racing in at least a decade, younger US fans may not be particularly aware of him either.
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