CHAMPCAR/CART: Greg's mom remembers

Greg's mom remembers She worried more as he went faster. But, she says, 'I had great faith in his ability.' By Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Sun VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Nov. 3, 1999) -- The flowers are filling up Donna Moore's living ...

Greg's mom remembers

She worried more as he went faster. But, she says, 'I had great faith in his ability.'

By Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Nov. 3, 1999) -- The flowers are filling up Donna Moore's living room, but nothing can begin to fill the void left by the death of her only child -- Maple Ridge race-car driver Greg Moore.

The 24-year-old driving prodigy was killed Sunday in a horrifying crash during the final race of the Championship Auto Racing Teams season at Fontana, Calif.

"Every time he got into a go-kart or car I worried about him," said Donna, sitting in the living room of her Coquitlam home yesterday. "It got harder as he was going faster. Any mother or father would be nervous about his or her child. He was a great driver and I had great faith in his ability, but I still worried."

Donna -- who separated from ex-husband Ric when Greg was five -- said she expressed her concerns to Greg from time to time, but he would shrug the danger off.

"He just used to say it was part of the sport," she recalled. "Skydivers, skiers, anything -- accidents do happen."

Donna was watching Greg's race on TV -- as she always did -- when the crash occurred Sunday. Ric later called her from the hospital to tell her their son had died.

But Donna prefers to remember the last time she talked to Greg, last week on the phone before he went to California for the race.

She also remembers a game of golf they played three weeks ago.

"It was at Swan-e-set, where they hold his charity tournament," she recalled. After the game "we were having lunch and his dad showed up and said he was going to play with somebody else, so Greg said he'd join him. We finished our lunch, he saw me off, jumped into his cart, said, 'See ya, mom, love ya,' and away he went to play golf with his dad. Typical Greg."

Greg lived with his mom until he was 15 and racing became a serious goal, moving in with Ric, who became his manager.

Donna said there wasn't much difference between the motorsport star and the fresh-faced kid.

"He lived every day to the fullest and tried to make sure that anybody with him enjoyed life," said Donna. "He'd go out and shoot pool with some of the kids in Maple Ridge, but he was just one of the guys. He just happened to race for a living.

"I was proud of everything he did, whether it was go-karting or what he did in school. He was a fantastic child. If all parents' children were like Greg, there wouldn't be any kids in trouble."

Donna said she harbours no ill feelings toward CART.

"Maybe they have to look at additional safety measures," she said. "But I don't want to criticize CART. They treated him well."

Donna said the loss just drives home the fact that parents can never take anything for granted.

"You never know when they're going to be taken away from you, so if you've got kids, make sure you give them a hug today."

A memorial service for family, close friends and the CART community will be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew's Wesley Church in Vancouver.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jim Jamieson is a sport reporter for The Vancouver Sun

Thanks to The Vacouver Sun for granting permission to reprint this story.

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