Kansas City auto racing figure Greg Weld dies

One of Kansas City’s best known names in auto racing, Greg Weld, died of a heart attack Monday morning. He was 64.

Weld was known as both a driver and a racing entrepreneur.

As a driver, he was a successful competitor in the USAC series. In 1963, he won sprint-car racing’s big race, the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. Weld was the 1967 USAC sprint-car championship. He also drove in the Indianapolis 500 in 1970, where he started 28th and finished 32nd.

He was voted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, which is located in Knoxville.

As a racing entrepreneur, he founded Weld Wheels in Kansas City. Weld’s wheels were considered by many as the best that automobile racers could buy. He also promoted local auto races, including the Jerry Weld Memorial, which attracted national-level drivers.