New York, 11 October, 2016
Another Sad piece of news – Dave Nicholas just received news of the
passing of racing champion Tony Adamowicz from Mike Matune. Below is
the piece Bob Storck shared with Mike.
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
Let's remember him in his youth and keep him alive.