Economaki Biography Moving Toward Release

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Famed motorsports journalist and TV personality Chris Economaki chronicles his life spent covering auto racing.

Noted auto racing Journalist Chris Economaki has recently put pen to paper in a different way, finally crafting the book the sport has waited some 70 years to read.

“LET ‘EM ALL GO! – The Story of Auto Racing by The Man Who Was There,” is slated for a mid-May 2006 release, and the 85-year-old Economaki shares observations, reflections, and anecdotes from a historic career that led him to be known as “The Dean of American Motorsports.”

Economaki took the helm of National Speed Sport News in 1950, and in the years that followed built the paper into the undisputed industry leader. His weekly column, “The Editors Notebook,” remains the most widely-read source for both movers-and-shakers and fans alike.

In 1961, Economaki made his debut on ABC TV, the first racing personality to serve in a reporting role. For many years he was the only true “motorsports” figure on the air, eventually moving to CBS in 1984. He continues to appear occasionally on Speed Channel and on various radio segments that include the Indianapolis 500 Radio Network.

Economaki is widely recognized as the premier observer of auto racing in the sport’s history, from the early beginnings of racing to modern-day NASCAR and multi-millionaire drivers. His penetrating knowledge and analysis of the sport fill the pages of Let ‘Em All Go!

Equal parts history and entertainment, Let ‘Em All Go! touches on the people, places and events that have defined the sport. From the early days of Economaki’s childhood, across an incredible eight decades, the book offers sobering recollections of profound loss, as well as fascinating stories and colorful, memorable characters.

“It has been a very enjoyable experience,” Economaki says of writing the book. “The thing I’ve enjoyed most is thinking about so many good friends I’ve interacted with through the years. In developing this story, I’ve recalled so many things I had nearly forgotten about…as well as the people, places, things we did.

“For many years people have asked me, ‘When are you gonna write a book? When are you gonna write a book?’ But I never really took the time to think seriously about it. I lost my wife a few years ago, and I guess I finally began thinking about the concept of organizing my experiences and memories and authoring a book. So here we are, and I’m glad we took the effort. I’ve enjoyed it very much.”

Economaki has teamed with longtime author and motorsports writer Dave Argabright to produce Let ‘Em All Go! Noted auto racing team owner Roger Penske provides the foreword. The hardbound book, which includes several pages of photographs, is priced at $30 plus $5 shipping. More details are available at, or by calling (317) 631-0437. Inquiries may also be mailed to P.O. Box 11578, Indianapolis, IN, 46201-0578.

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