Dixie Speedway Cruiser Driver Mark Tolar Dies of Heart Attack at Age 42 March 25, 2004 -- WOODSTOCK, GA - Dixie Speedway Cruiser driver Mark Tolar of Woodstock, GA suddenly passed away at his home on Wednesday from a heart attack. He ...
Dixie Speedway Cruiser Driver Mark Tolar Dies of Heart Attack at Age 42
March 25, 2004 -- WOODSTOCK, GA - Dixie Speedway Cruiser driver Mark Tolar of Woodstock, GA suddenly passed away at his home on Wednesday from a heart attack. He was 42-years-old. Tolar drove his #53 to second in overall points in 2003, and was the season's Third Leg Champion competing in the track's Cruiser Division. Tolar posted two wins, eight second-place finishes, and three third-place showings.
"Mark loved racing so much and it was his second life after me and our family, which came first to him," commented Darlene Tolar, Mark's wife of 12 years. "I stood behind him with his racing, and I know he appreciated that because he put 'Thank You Darlene' on the side of his race car."
In Cruiser racing, there is more to it than just a driver because there are actually two people in the race car making it go around the track. As the driver, Mark would steer the race car and work the brakes, while a co-driver would operate the gas pedal.
Jay Greeson was Tolar's co-driver, and the two men had to have special bond to communicate and anticipate each other's moves going around the race track.
"Mark was everything you could ask for as a co-driver, teammate, and a friend," Greeson said. "We were partners for four years, and we spent a lot of time together in the race car learning each other. We were successful, and that made it a lot of fun. Mark's passing is a great loss for everyone that loved him, knew him, or watched him go around the race track."
Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, followed immediately by a funeral service at the Patterson and Sons Funeral Home at 1157 Old Canton Road in Marietta, GA, (770) 977-9485. Tolar also leaves behind two step-children, and five step-grandchildren.
"All of us at Dixie Speedway are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Mark Tolar," Dixie Speedway General Manager Mike Swims said. "He was a loyal supporter of the track who loved racing and never missed an event. His stats back up the fact that he was a fierce competitor that most always had a chance to win. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Darlene and the entire family during this difficult time."
Swims said Dixie Speedway is planning a special parade lap with Tolar's race car to honor his memory prior to the Cruiser feature race on the Official Dixie Speedway Season-Opening Event on May 1.