January 18, 2019, by Kay Presto, www.carsandcompetition.com
The motor racing world lost a great member with the passing of legendary NASCAR team owner and driver and NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Glen Wood, who died Jan. 18 at age 93:
“Everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is saddened by the passing of Glen Wood,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway president E. Douglas Boles. “The word ‘legendary’ sometimes is overused, but it absolutely fits Glen and the team that he and his brother, Leonard, founded and built into a powerhouse in NASCAR. Wood Brothers Racing has such a deep, rich connection to IMS through its multiple entries in the Brickyard 400 and by serving as the pit crew for the Lotus/Ford that Jim Clark drove to victory in the 1965 Indianapolis 500. Glen’s legacy as a fine driver and motorsports innovator will be matched only by his enduring status as one of racing’s true gentlemen and class acts.”
”Glen Wood was a good friend and one of my favorite people in NASCAR along with his brother Leonard,” said four-time Indianapolis champion A. J. Foyt. “I never had as much fun down there as I did driving for the Wood Brothers. Their cars were unbelievable to drive. They pioneered the quick pit stops and were part of the reason Jimmy Clark won the Indianapolis 500 because they pitted him. Their team was the kingpin of stock car racing and I felt honored to be driving for them. My thoughts are with Leonard, Eddie and Len and the entire Wood family.”
Foyt drove in 13 races for the Wood Brothers during 1971-72. Together they won seven poles and four races including the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt finished in the top three an additional four times.