LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 9, 2004) -- Roy Woods, a competitor and team owner in the Motorock Trans-Am Tour from 1969-1982, died Jan. 29 due to complications from leukemia.
Woods is well known for his success as a team owner. In 1972, George Follmer, driving for Woods' American Racing Associates team in an AMC Javelin, earned the second official Trans-Am Drivers' Championship. Prior to 1971, SCCA only officially awarded a Manufacturers' Championship. Woods also fielded Trans-Am cars for Tony Adamowicz, Gary Belcher, Vic Elford, Jimmy Insolo, Milt Minter, Brian Redman, Peter Revson, and Dick Trickle.
As a driver, Woods made 45 starts, recording two victories--at Watkins Glen International in 1979 and at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in 1979. Woods also recorded 10 podiums, 17 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes, and three poles.
"We are saddened to see the passing of a Trans-Am legend," said Motorock Trans-Am Tour Executive Director John Clagett. "Roy Woods had a long history of excellence in Trans-Am competition, both behind the wheel and as a team owner. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."