Motorsports broadcaster Chris Economaki dies at 91

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Motorsports broadcaster Chris Economaki has died at the age of 91.

Economaki is known as the "dean of American motorsports." His voice was one of the most recognizable over his 40-year tenure on ABC's Wide World of Sports, CBS and ESPN. He covered the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 for ABC, among many other events.

"The passing of Chris Economaki is a tough loss for me on both a personal and professional level, having known Chris throughout my life. Many people consider Chris the greatest motorsports journalist of all time. He was, indeed, 'the Dean.' Chris was a fixture for years at NASCAR events, and played a huge role in growing NASCAR's popularity. I'll miss seeing him and of course, I'll miss hearing that voice. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughters Corinne and Tina and the rest of Chris' family," said NASCAR Chairman And CEO Brian France. 

In addition to his broadcasting career, Economaki acted as editor and publisher of the National Speed Sport News for over 60 years.

In 2006, the Trackside Conference Room at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center was renamed the Economaki Press Conference Room in honor of Economaki's legendary accomplishments.

Statement from INDYCAR:

"INDYCAR and the world of motorsports have lost a true friend with the passing of Chris Economaki. The Dean of American motorsports journalists, Chris dedicated most of his life to reporting the sport of auto racing and telling the stories of the heroes of our sport. He was truly one of a kind. We send our thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues."

Statement from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

"Chris was the dean of motorsports journalism," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "His accurate, incisive reporting helped increase the audience of the sport and put the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, its events and competitors into the global spotlight. He set a standard for others to follow for generations and will be deeply missed. Our thoughts, sympathies and prayers are with his family and friends."