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 Chris Economaki

Chris Economaki

Original Name Christopher Constantine
Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 28 Sep 2012 (aged 91)
Midland Park, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 97904323 · View Source
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American motorsports commentator, pit road reporter, and journalist. Economaki was given the title "The Dean of American Motorsports." He began his career in auto racing journalism at age 13 selling copies of National Speed Sport News newspapers. He wrote his first column at age 14 for the National Auto Racing News. Economaki became the editor of the National Speed Sport News in 1950. He began writing a column called "The Editor's Notebook", which he continued to write over fifty years later. He eventually became owner, publisher, and editor of the National Speed Sport News. The newspaper was considered "America's Weekly Motorsports Authority". His daughter Corinne Economaki took over as the publisher until the final issue of National Speed Sport News was published, on March 23, 2011. The National Speed Sport News web site was sold in 2012 to Turn 3 Media, LLC (Ralph Sheheen, Curt Moon and Joe Tripp), with longtime colleague Mike Kerchner as current publisher, which includes the web site and the expansion into a new printed magazine, Speed Sport, and the Speed Sport radio program on Fox Sports Radio. He co-authored an autobiography called Let 'Em All Go: The Story of Auto Racing by the Man who was there. He began as track announcer at a number of major races in the 1940s and 1950s. He began at the July 4, 1961 running of the Firecracker 250 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway for ABC Sports. He covered most ABC Wide World of Sports motorsports events, including several Indianapolis 500s, Daytona 500s, Formula One Grand Prix races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the East African Safari, and the Bathurst 1000. He would also cover Wide World's less glamorous motorsports assignments, such as demolition derbies. After 23 years he switched to CBS Sports. He covered International Race of Champions (IROC) events, Daytona 500s, and Formula One Grand Prix events. He contributed to ESPN's SpeedWeek, and TBS' Motorweek Illustrated. He covered Formula One events on ESPN in 1987 and 1988, before being replaced by the younger Bob Varsha. He covered several types of autoracing including sprint cars, Championship Cars, stock cars, drag racers, and CanAm cars. Economaki was a part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network coverage of the Indianapolis 500, contributing essays and analysis. He appeared as a pit reporter in the movies Stroker Ace and Six Pack.

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  • Added: 28 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97904323
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chris Economaki (15 Oct 1920–28 Sep 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97904323, citing Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .