The NASCAR community is in mourning yet again.
NASCAR is full of hard-working people who come from all sorts of backgrounds. For the most part everyone involved in NASCAR is very family oriented, and their family usually has taught them how to be hard working and stay loyal to your commitments.
This type of behavior has gone back into NASCAR as far as anyone can remember. NASCAR and racing in general really started as a sport that consisted of a bunch of good ole country boys doing what they love. Obviously it has escalated to much more throughout the years.
Jim McElreath was one of those good ole boys. He started his racing career in 1945 at the young age of 17. Back then he raced stock cars in Dallas, Texas and throughout the next 15 years after that he continued his passion while also working as a bricklayer.
His career and racing escalated to much more as he was very well-known in the IndyCar series. He became the 1962 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and race in 15 Indy 500s.
In 2000 to McElreath was it in inductee to the national sprint car Hall of Fame. He was known and loved by many. Unfortunately McElreath was found lifeless at his home in Arlington, Tx on May 18th. He was 89 years old.
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage released a statement after hearing the news about the Texas native. Everyone loved Jim.
“Jim was an instrumental part to the deep Texas heritage of Indy-car racing that included the likes of A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, Jim Hall, Lloyd Ruby, Bobby Hillin Sr., and Andy Granatelli, among others. When we opened the speedway, I had the opportunity to become friends with Jim and his wife Shirley, two wonderful people. He will be missed by the motorsports community.”
He will undoubtedly be missed by so many in the community. We’re praying for his family throughout this surely difficult time.