Patriarch of Wood Brothers Racing team Glen Wood dies at 93

Glen Wood - NASCAR Hall of Famer, Driver and Team Owner, Photo Date: 1950s
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Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

Undated--Glen Wood, the patriarch of the famed Wood Brothers Racing team who had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, has died after a long illness in Stuart, Virginia. He was 93.

"It's with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this morning," Wood Brothers posted on social media Friday morning. "We want to thank family, friends, our small-town Virginia community of Patrick County, as well as everyone in the NASCAR community for their unwavering support."

Wood, alongside younger brother Leonard, co-founded the Wood Brothers Racing team in 1953, and won four races over an 11-year racing career. Glen Wood in 1998 was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers -- a list that included 20 drivers who had once raced a Wood Brothers car.

Wood is also a member of Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and in 2011 was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

"This is a difficult day for all of us at Ford Motor Company," said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford's board of directors. "The Wood Brothers race team, by any measure, has been one of the most successful racing operations in the history of NASCAR. Most importantly for our company, Glen and his family have remained loyal to Ford throughout their 69-year history.

"Glen was an innovator who, along with his family, changed the sport itself. But, more importantly, he was a true Southern gentleman who was quick with a smile and a handshake and he was a man of his word. I will cherish the memories of our chats in the NASCAR garage, at their race shop in Mooresville or the racing museum in Stuart."

The Wood Brothers came from humble beginnings but built a race team ahead of its time that still competes at NASCAR's top level. The Wood Brothers won 99 races in more than 1,500 starts in NASCAR's elite division and they did it with an array of manufacturers and multiple star drivers. Wood was the primary driver when the team was launched and won four times.