World of Outlaws Mourns Doug Fort's Passing

World of Outlaws Mourns Doug Fort's Passing By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (April 6) - The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is mourning the passing of Doug Fort. Fort, who owned and operated Santa...

World of Outlaws Mourns Doug Fort's Passing By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (April 6) - The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is mourning the passing of Doug Fort. Fort, who owned and operated Santa Maria Speedway, died at his home in Atascadero, CA, Tuesday morning following a lengthy illness. "Doug will be sorely missed," Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series President Ted Johnson said. "He was a promoter who supported us for a long time. He took great pride in giving us a great race track every time we visited Santa Maria." The Pennzoil World of Series raced at Santa Maria Speedway 17 times between 1981 and this past September. The series is scheduled to return to the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval September 11th. Fort was in the electrical and plumbing business before he decided to build Santa Maria Speedway. He surveyed race tracks all over California before opening the facility on May 30, 1964. Fort's creation - built into the side of a mountain within shouting distance of the Pacific Ocean - is one of the most picturesque tracks in the United States. Fort, one of the country's most respected race promoters, received awards from many racing associations and publications. Among them were Racing Promotions Monthly's Promoter of the Year Award in 1983, 1984 and 1993. His 1939 Chevrolet water truck received RPM's inaugural "Ugly Truck" Award in 1998. Santa Maria Speedway was voted the Best Track West of the Mississippi twice. Fort, a charter member of the Golden State Championship Series, also received the Danny Simpkins Award of Excellence in 1998. Simpkins raced at Santa Maria from 1964 until he died in 1994. Fort, who was born in 1918, is survived by his wife of 20 years, Nettie, a son, Mike; a daughter, Terry Treves; and three step-sons, Arthur Ulam, Gary Ulam and Larry Ulam. A private memorial service honoring Fort will be held at his home April 18th. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series family extends its deepest sympathy to the Fort family.

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