While much of the country was celebrating the 4th of July, the racing world and everyone here at OneDirt.com was saddened to hear about the passing of Jimmy Mosteller. Raceweek Illustrated broke the sad news late yesterday evening.
The Georgia racing icon was born in 1926 and was a key figure in building the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. He was widely known throughout the south as one of the best announcers a track could have. In an 2000 interview Mosteller expressed his love for announcing: “Let me tell you, forming a bond with all those fans out here makes you feel like part of their family,” said Mosteller in 2000. “There is nothing like warming up a crowd and keeping the excitement going. A good announcer helps the show move at a good pace. So whether it’s 50 or 50,000, the people make you feel like somebody important, and I never looked back.”
Mosteller was also a key figure in building the once great but now defunct Hav-A-Tampa dirt late model series. Raceweek Illustrated summed it up best, “For thousands of race fans spanning generations, Jimmy Mosteller was the voice of racing. He was their friend, their racing voice, their “little bitty buddy.”
All of our thoughts and prayers from everyone at OneDirt.com our with Mosteller family, we lost a true racing legend on this holiday.