Gregory William “Greg” Moore

Gregory William “Greg” Moore

Birth
Coquitlam, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Death 31 Oct 1999 (aged 24)
Fontana, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial Coquitlam, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Memorial ID 107502397 · View Source
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Canadian Race Car Driver. Born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Greg grew up in Maple Ridge. He was attracted to hockey, and his first racing helmet was a hockey mask. At age six, he drove a go-kart with a minivan body around the parking lot of his father's Chrysler dealership. That little mini van go cart would be the start of an early racing career progressed through kart racing, winning the North American Enduro Kart Championships in 1989 and 1990. As the 99th member of the Westwood Kart Track, he adopted the number he would forever be associated with. In 1991 he moved up to Formula Ford cars, Greg was named the Esso Protec Formula Ford 1600 Rookie of the Year after winning one race and placing fourth in the overall championship. In 1992, he won four races and took four pole positions. He was the USAC Formula 2000 West Champion and Rookie of the Year. The following year, he began racing in the Indy Lights circuit. Despite racing with an under-funded, family-run team, he placed ninth in the 1993 Indy Lights Championship. At the age of 18, Moore became the youngest driver ever to win a CART-sanctioned race when he won the 1994 Indy Lights season-opener at Phoenix. He won three Lights races in 1994 and finished third in the championship The real attention came when he arrived in Indy Lights. He so dominated the 1995 season for the Player's/Forsythe Racing team that he won 10 of 12 races and was beaten only once, by Robbie Buhl in Detroit. He scored 242 points that season, winning by 102. His first win, at Milwaukee in 1997, came as a result of holding off the track's master, Michael Andretti. Greg became CART's youngest ever winner at that time. His final victory came at Homestead to open the 1999 season. Greg was particularly skilled on oval tracks, he zoomed around a handful of cars at the start, and he got another chance to pass more on the restart following Richie Hearn's lap-four accident. CART officials reported that he brushed the wall on that restart and lost control in turn two. His car skipped sideways through the grass, caught its wheels and tripped sideways into the air, sending its driver helmet-first into a concrete barrier. The car's “black box” data recorder registered 154 g's. Greg never had a chance to survive. The accident led to a key safety initiative: Today, the infield area off many high-banked corners at Daytona, California, Talladega, Michigan and other tracks are paved to help cars stay on their wheels. His rivals on the track did not learn of his death until after the race, and most of them were devastated. To so many, Greg was their best friend, the leader of the “Brat Pack” along with Franchitti, Tony Kanaan and Max Papis. CART retired the No. 99 upon his death. He was 24 years old.

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  • Created by: rtwerk222
  • Added: 29 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 107502397
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gregory William “Greg” Moore (22 Apr 1975–31 Oct 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 107502397, citing Robinson Memorial Park, Coquitlam, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by rtwerk222 (contributor 48087733) .