Greg Weld, the creative visionary behind the well-known wheel empire, has died from undisclosed complications at age 64.
Weld won over 100 sprint car races. He won the USAC National Sprint Car Championship at the age of 23, was the 1967 USAC Sprint Car Series champion and qualified as the fastest rookie qualifier at the 1970 Indianapolis 500.
In 1970, he retired as a professional racer and founded Weld Wheel Industries, starting the company with $2,300 he'd saved from racing and the simple idea of making Sprint Car wheels that performed better.
Weld manufactured forged alloy wheels for various vehicles, including racecars, and was an active sponsor of the United States Auto Club series, NHRA and IHRA.
"Greg Weld was a visionary in the motorsports industry. He raced his way into the record books and into the hearts of many, but more than anything else, Greg Weld was a great friend and will be missed by everyone," said Bob Baker, president of the Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
Services are to be held today in Raytown, MO.