SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and Spartanburg native David Pearson has died at the age of 83.
Pearson died Monday, according to a source who knew the famed driver.
Pearson was part of NASCAR’s second Hall of Fame class in 2011.
He was the 1960 NASCAR Rookie of the Year.
Among his 105 career wins – second all-time in NASCAR’s highest division – was a Daytona 500 victory.
Pearson also won three Grand National Series championships.
In a statement, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France recognized Pearson’s impact on the sport and the standard he set:
“David Pearson’s 105 NASCAR premier series victories and his classic rivalry in the 1960s and ’70s with Richard Petty helped set the stage for NASCAR’s transformation into a mainstream sport with national appeal. When he retired, he had three championships — and millions of fans. Richard Petty called him the greatest driver he ever raced against. We were lucky to be able to call him one of our champions. The man they called the ‘Silver Fox’ was the gold standard for NASCAR excellence.
“On behalf of the France Family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of David Pearson, a true giant of our sport.”