Glen Wood, the founder of legendary Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Wood Brothers Racing, has died at the age 93, the team announced Friday, Jan. 18.
It’s with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of team founder and family patriarch Glen Wood this 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. pic.twitter.com/vadN1NKgTV
— Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) January 18, 2019
Wood Brothers Racing has participated in 1,465 races over the past 65 years. The Stuart, Va.-based organization has compiled 99 wins at the Cup level, most recently with Ryan Blaney earning his first career win at Pocono Raceway in June 2017. Additionally, the team has five Daytona 500 wins and nearly 25,000 laps led.
The team has fielded cars for a vast array of racing legends in both stock car racing and when stars of other forms of motorsport wanted to try their hand at NASCAR. Junior Johnson, David Pearson, Tiny Lund, Cale Yarborough, Donnie Allison, AJ Foyt, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Neil Bonnett, Bobby Rahal, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett have all wheeled a car prepared by the Wood Brothers.
Interestingly enough, Wood was the team’s first driver as well as the owner. He made 62 starts in the top division of NASCAR from 1953 to 1964, winning four times, before moving to a pure ownership role. Under his guidance, the team enjoyed a remarkable level of longevity rarely seen in racing and the likes of which may never occur again.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will likely be announced in the coming days.