Happy Monday, everyone! (Yes, that is a possible outcome and not a contradiction in terms.)
This weekend the racing world remembered the great Jack Ingram, whose obituary will appear in the next edition of Late Model Digest to be released July 9. Earlier this year the racing community lost former NASCAR youngster driver Eric McClure, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, NASCAR pioneer Charlie Glotzbach, former FIA president Max Mosley, MotoGP development-series rider Jason Dupasquier and others.
But one has hit the Late Model world harder than anyone – perhaps even harder than the death of official Rusty Crews on the third night of Florida Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway. On June 18, Todd Ridgeway suffered a serious motorcycle accident in his home state of Ohio, and three days later he passed away.
Todd was best-known as a photographer, usually around his home area on pavement and dirt tracks, but also every February in the Sunshine State where he’d tell me stories about Daytona, Volusia and East Bay between races at New Smyrna. He also wrote now and then, about racing and also high school football. A large part of his day job was pulling a large animal trailer, hauling bulls to farms around the Midwest, and he had some good road stories (usually about food, which as we all know is a crucial part of any road trip).
Todd was only 56. His mom Judy and son Matthew are still around, as are plenty of other relatives and friends who will think about him more than anyone. The news of his passing from a week ago has really put a damper on this racing season for me.
Here are the two most recent editions of Late Model Digest; just copy the links into your web browser, or contact us if you’d like to have a format that would be easier to print yourself. The June 11 issue contains Todd’s last-ever photo in LMD. RIP Todd.
LMD 33-11 (6/11/21): online.pubhtml5.com/fpdm/icrd/
LMD 33-12 (6/25/21): online.pubhtml5.com/fpdm/brsy/