Ride in Peace: Daytona 200 recordholder Rick Shaw

Publish Date: 
Oct 25, 2013

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Family members are working to provide an unusual memorial for racer and safety instructor Rick Shaw, who died in a crash while teaching a safety class Oct. 17. He was 65.

From 2003 through 2012, Rick Shaw was the all-time Daytona 200 mileage leader, logging more laps than any other rider. He retired from racing in 2006. He wanted half of his ashes spread at Daytona International Speedway, where he raced for many years and taught safety since 2005, and the other half at his favorite ski slope in Colorado, his son Dale told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Dale Shaw is seeking approval from the state to fulfill the track half of his father’s wishes. Meanwhile, Shaw wants to have a memorial service for his father in March 2014, soon after the checkered flag falls on the Daytona 200. He’s asked the track for permission to hold a private family memorial there the day of the race.

The elder Shaw, a retired police officer, had been a Team Hammer Advanced Riding School instructor since 2005. He was instructing a group of amateur motorcycle racers at the speedway Oct. 17 when tragedy struck. A 45-year-old student from Repentigny, Quebec, and Shaw collided exiting Turn 2, during a high-speed, private practice session. Both men died from their injuries.

“He was 65 years old and he was still out there teaching safety classes,” Dale Shaw said. “He’s out there doing 150 miles per hour training people about safety. That was his big thing.”

Speedway spokesman Lenny Santiago said the track is not authorized to allow ashes to be spread on the property. Dale Shaw plans to ask the state Legislature to allow it for his father.

“I may have to hold that for a couple of years until it passes the Florida Senate,” he said. “If I have to be a figurehead and go before the Senate committee, I will. This is something I'm very adamant about. He deserves to have his ashes spread there.”

Posted by Holly Wagner