RACING LEGEND RAY SCHEETZ
(Perris, CA, October 7, 2013)
WE HAVE LOST A LEGEND TODAY
Ray Scheetz passed away early this morning from complications
with Emphysema. Ray’s auto racing career began at the end of
World War II when his Dad started preparations for the post
war competition aboard his Track Roadster. Ray took to the
mechanic trade and by his mid teen had caught the attention of
racing Mechanic, John Pouelsen who noticed Ray's attention to
detail and his organized approach to servicing the race car
for the next event. Pouelsen offered Scheetz an opportunity to
join his crew at Indianapolis as they took the Agajanian
Special and Parnelli Jones to the Brickyard and victory in
1963. Pouelsen moved to the Bowes Seal-Fast team in 1964
through 1966 and took Ray along while campaigning with A.J.
Foyt on the USAC trail.
Ray returned to southern California racing action in 1968 as
the Racecar Preparation Specialist for the Morales Brothers,
Don Peabody, Bill Sykes, Chuck Tucker, Billy Wilkerson, Skip
Schuck, and the Kazarian Family. Some of the drivers that
raced in Scheetz prepared racecars were Howard Gardner, Nick
Valenta, Ray Douglas, Bob Hogle, A.J. Foyt, Chuck Hulse, Rick
Goudy, Colby Scroggin, Billy Wilkerson, Booby Olivero, Bubby
Jones, Don Johns, Bob Coulter and Ron Shuman with Ray
collecting ten season championships. Combined these drivers
worked with Scheetz to amass a total of 155 sprint car
victories during his career.
In 1995 and 1996, Ray was very active in the building of
Perris Auto Speedway, fabricating many parts of the state of
the art catch fence. Over the years, he devoted his efforts in
track preparation in much the same way as his race cars. Ray
has been an important member of the staff that keeps the PAS a
top notch facility.
I have lost one of my oldest and best friends! Ray loved
Sprint Car Racing! In his honor, we dedicate the 18th running
of the Oval Nationals to Ray. All of us at the PAS will miss
Ray and our thoughts are with Leanne and his Family.