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Wheel Manfacture Greg Weld Passes

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Wheel Manfacture Greg Weld Passes
Posted August 5 2008 07:39 PM by Bob Ryder 
Filed under: Editorials, Observations, Opinions, Opinions, Classic Truck Trends

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We have lost a true icon in the racing world and wheel industry with the passing of Greg Weld.

Greg Weld was a USAC Sprint Car championin 1967, Indy 500 driver in 1970  and a visionary wheel manufacture, brother, husband, father  and grandfather.

Life is like taking a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval with its long two straightaways, four distinct corners, and two short shoots. Everyones lap is different, no two laps are alike. For some their laps are smooth and accurate, while others tend to slip, slide, spinout and sometimes even hit the wall. The four corners designate quarters of our lives with the finish line the end.
On Monday August 4, 2008 Greg Weld took his double checkers as he crossed the finish line.

Greg had very successful careers, as a race car driver and business man. He won over 100 sprint car races including the '63 Knoxville Nationals which is the premire event for sprint cars. He captured the USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 1967 at the age of 23. In 1970 he was the fastest rookie qualifier at the Indianapolis 500, started 28th and fininshed 32nd. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1998.

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After the Indy 500 he retired from racing to begin a new venture and founded Weld Wheel Industries. He started Weld Wheels with $2300 dollars he had saved from racing with an idea of manufacturing the best quality sprint car wheels. The company then branched out into other divisons of racing known as Weld Racing wheels became the dominate racing wheel in the world.

Recently, Greg started up a new company "Greg Weld Design", that has broadened the horizon of his high quality wheels known as the Greg Weld Compition Series. Impact (off road), RaceLite drag racing and street performance.

He is survived by his wife Deb former wife Marilyn Brockman-Weld, daughter Christian Weld-Brown and sons Taylor and Brock. He also leaves sisters Delores Wesley, and Marilyn Burasco, and brother Ricky. Greg Weld is also survived by grandchildern Marin Brown, Sophia Brown, Spencer Brown, Harley Weld, Quinton Weld, Aiden Weld, and Lola Weld.

My prayers and condolences go out to Greg's family and friends


Bob Ryder

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