TMS President Gossage on loss of Ted Johnson

Statement from Texas Motor Speedway President EDDIE GOSSAGE regarding Ted Johnson, of Plano, Texas, who passed away Friday evening after a prolonged illness. Johnson, a former sprint car racer, founded the World of Outlaws sprint car racing...

Statement from Texas Motor Speedway President EDDIE GOSSAGE regarding Ted Johnson, of Plano, Texas, who passed away Friday evening after a prolonged illness. Johnson, a former sprint car racer, founded the World of Outlaws sprint car racing series in 1978. He sold the series a few years ago while continuing to serve as a consultant:

"We lost one of the most charismatic pioneers in the sport and we lost a good friend. Prior to the formation of the World of Outlaws series, sprint car racing was disorganized and confusing to fans because racers went to whatever track would pay them the most -- hence the nickname 'outlaws.' Ted gave sprint car racing and its fans order and helped it grow to a staggering level of acceptance. To underscore how singularly important Ted was to sprint car racing, all you have to do is look at the conflict and disorganization that has befallen sprint car racing since he stepped away from running the series in the last few years. It takes a smart, tough man to hold a group of 'outlaws' together. Personally, we will miss his quick wit, sharp observations and the warmth he shared in his relationship with the staff here at Texas Motor Speedway. We loved hosting World of Outlaw races, but we enjoyed Ted's company and friendship even more."

-tms

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