Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tim Richmond Born In Ashland, Ohio - June 7, 1955

June 7, 1955 – August 13, 1989 
Tim Richmond
Born in Ashland, Ohio, USA.
He competed in IndyCar racing before transferring to NASCAR's Winston Cup Series. Richmond was one of the first drivers to change from open wheel racing to NASCAR stock cars full-time, which has since become an industry trend. He won the 1980 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award and had 13 victories during eight NASCAR seasons.

On August 13, 1989, Richmond died at the age of 34 from the complications of AIDS, about two years after his final NASCAR race. He was buried in Ashland, Ohio.

The Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame inducted Richmond in their second class in 1996. In 1998, NASCAR named Richmond one of its 50 greatest drivers of all time. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2002. The Mansfield Motorsports Park ARCA Re/Max Series race in 2009 was named the Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA Re/Max 250 in honor of the area native.

The documentary film Tim Richmond: To The Limit was produced as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series with a premiere date of October 19, 2010.


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