John Holman (NASCAR)


John Holman (NASCAR)

John Holman (November 9 1918 - 1975) was a NASCAR owner. He is most famous for his co-ownership of two time NASCAR championship team Holman Moody with Ralph Moody.

Early career

He was born in Nashville, Tennessee. After the start of World War II, Holman began a career as a tool and die maker and as a shipyard worker. After the war, he became a trucker. He assembled a Mack truck between shipments. He was hired in 1952 by Clay Smith and Bill Stroppe to drive their parts truck to each leg of the 1952 Mexican Road Race (later called the Baja 1000), and to stay ahead of the racing team. The team won the race, and they hired Holman as a full-time mechanic and parts man after the race to work in their Long Beach, California shop. Smith was killed in a racing accident at DuQuoin, IIIinois in 1954, and Stroppe took over. Holman continued to work for him until 1956. Holman was hired by Ford Motor Company to run their factory shop in Charlotte.

Holman-Moody

Ralph Moody was the mechanic, manager, and star driver of 1925 Indianapolis 500 winner Pete DePaolo's Ford factory-sponsored stockcar racing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The drivers formed a partnership after the American Manufacturers' Association banned Ford's factory partication in stockcar racing in June 1957. The move unemployed both men. They decided to pool their resources, and formed Holman-Moody. The team became the winningest team in NASCAR history, after racking up 92 wins and two championships before Holman sold his interests to Moody.

Ironically, Holman-Moody bought out Bill Stroppe in 1965 and the Long Beach facility at 2190 Temple Ave. became Holman-Moody-Stroppe.

Holman died of a heart attack in 1975 while testing a new intercooler. [ [http://www.holmanmoody.com/history.html Holman Moody history] ]

Career awards

*Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (2005)

References


* [http://racing-reference.info/owner?id=holmamo01 Holman Moody NASCAR owner's statistics]
* [http://www.mshf.com/index.htm?/hof/holman_moody.htm Holman Moody at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America]
* [http://www.autoquarterly.com/gt40.html The John Holman Story of the GT40 at LeMans]


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