Monday, October 10, 2016
Tony Adamowicz, 1941-2016
Just passing along some important news.
Good Afternoon – I just received news of the passing of racing champion Tony Adamowicz from Bob Storck. Below is the piece Bob shared. Thanks to Bob for letting us all know. – Take care, Maureen & Mike Matune
Ironically, just as we have been talking about early Trans-Am, I just heard from Ron Grable via Rick Mandelson that Tony passed. He and Bob Tullius won the first Trans-Am in the Group 44 Dodge Dart, and Tony A-Z had a remarkable career. The Can-Am, Trans-Am, F5000, and IMSA racer from New York had been suffering from Grade 4 Glioblastoma – brain cancer – that was diagnosed last year.
Among Adamowicz's many motorsports accomplishments, he earned the 1968 Trans-Am Under 2-liter championship, the 1969 F5000 championship, and placed third at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. As one of the most versatile road racers of his day, his services were secured by Ferrari’s North American Race Team (N.A.R.T.), by Nissan for its factory GTO and GTP programs, and he shared cars with fellow legends Sam Posey, John Morton, Bob Tullius, and Chuck Parsons in a professional career that spanned 1966-'89.
Let's remember him in his youth and keep him alive.
Thanks to RACER for the details and image