When you talk about stockcar racing and legends, there is one name that is synonymously associated with its history, none other than Mr. Ray Fox. We have some factoids about Ray Fox that you may not have known about prior. Bear with us as we take ride down memory lane. The legacy of Ray Fox is unquestionable, and it opens a portal into stockcar racing’s past that’s more than half a century aged.
Did you know that Ray Fox ….
- Actually built the car for Fireball Roberts that he used to win the 1955 classic Daytona Beach Course. But what was he disqualified for later? Answer: Shortened Pushrods.
- What year was Ray Fox named “Mechanic of the year? Answer: 1956.
- What car did he build that enabled Junior Johnson to win the 1960 Daytona 500? Answer: A 1959 Chevrolet Junior Johnson.
- How many races and poles did fox win in 8 years of racing? Answer: 18 poles and 14 races.
- What famous stockcar drivers raced for Fox? Answer: David Pearson, Earl Balmer, Buck Baker, Fred Lorenzen, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Fireball Roberts, Leeroy Yarbrough and Marvin Panch.
- What engine powered the famous Dodge Coronet that Ray built? Answer: 426-Cubic-Inch Hemi-Charger Engine with Four-Port Hilborne Fuel Injection and a 617 GMC Blower. For extra points, what speed records did this car set? Answer: 181.818 mph on a closed course.
- When did Fox retire from the sport of stockcar racing? Answer: 1972.
- What year did Fox come back to NASCAR working as an inspector? Answer: 1990.
- When did he retire for the last time? Answer: 1996.
- When was Ray Fox officially inducted into the national Motorsports Hall of Fame? Answer: 2003.
- What club is Ray Fox president over? Answer: Living Legends of Auto Racing.
- Where does Ray Fox still live? Answer: Daytona, Florida – where else!