DETROIT (January 16, 2001) - The Champ Car racing community lost one of its most ardent supporters Sunday when former CART team owner Carl Hogan passed away at his New Hampshire home. Hogan, a successful trucking magnate, was involved in Champ...
DETROIT (January 16, 2001) - The Champ Car racing community lost one of its most ardent supporters Sunday when former CART team owner Carl Hogan passed away at his New Hampshire home.
Hogan, a successful trucking magnate, was involved in Champ Car racing from 1992-99, joining forces with Bobby Rahal in 1992 to capture the FedEx Championship Series title, and competing from 1997-99 as the sole owner of Hogan Racing L.L.C.
"It is with sadness that I offer the sympathies of all of us in the CART community on the passing of Carl Hogan," said CART President of Racing Operations Hal Whiteford. "Carl was a man who loved a good race and one who loved open-wheel racing. His presence and insights will truly be missed in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hogan family during this difficult time."
The 71-year-old Hogan was involved in the motorsports community for 31 years, participating in Formula 5000, Can Am and Toyota Atlantic as an owner and sponsor. In 1991, he and then-driver Rahal purchased Patrick Racing, and under the banner of Rahal/Hogan racing, the team took home the CART championship in its inaugural season with Rahal behind the wheel.
"Carl played a big part in my career as a Champ Car driver and a team owner," remembered Rahal, who served as CART's interim president and CEO from mid-June through December of last year. "As I look back on my career, one of my proudest achievements was winning the championship in 1992 as a driver/owner, and that wouldn't have happened without him. Carl had a keen mind and a tremendous spirit and his passing is a loss for the sport of racing. My condolences and the thoughts and prayers of Team Rahal are with his wife Lolly and the entire family."
During the 1996 season, Hogan partnered with Roger Penske, campaigning with driver Emerson Fittipaldi. A year later he launched his first season as a sole owner of a CART team, giving rookie Dario Franchitti his first CART ride. Hogan's final season as a Champ Car owner was 1999, when second-year driver Helio Castroneves won his first career pole at Milwaukee and took second in the race at Gateway International Raceway.
Hogan is survived by his wife, Lolly, and seven children. Memorial services will be held in his hometown of St. Louis on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CST) in the Graham Chapel at Washington University. Father Phil De Rea, CART Ministries chaplain, will deliver the eulogy. Charitable donations can be made in his name to one of three charities: Father Phil's Missionary Vehicle Association (MIVA), the Make-a-Wish Foundation or the Cathedral of the Pines. MIVA: 1400 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20017; Make-a-Wish: 3221 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, MO 63044; Cathedral of the Pines: 75 Cathedral Entrance, Rindge, NH 03461.
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