Legendary Car Owner and Mechanic
Ft. Collins, Colorado (June 19, 2018) — We received word earlier today that Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame member Ralph Young, Class of 2010, passed away this morning.
From the Colorado Motor Sports Hall of Fame.
Ralph Young was a champion car owner and mechanic for many years. In 1967, with Sam Sauer as driver, his car set a Colorado Auto Racing Club track record at Lakeside Speedway that stood for nine years. They also finished second in CARC season point standings in 1967. Then, in 1968 and 1969, Young was the owner and chief mechanic for the Englewood Racing Association car that Sauer drove to two consecutive ERA Modified Season Championships at Englewood Speedway. The following year, he served as chief mechanic for the #5 car driven by Wayne Stallsworth, which won the ERA Modified Season Championship at Englewood Speedway, his third consecutive season championship.
Young continued his winning streak in 1970 as the crew chief for the winning car at the National Short Track Championships in Rockford, IL. In 1971, he was the owner/mechanic for Stallsworth’s second place season points finish at Century 21. Young switched back to open wheel in 1972 by becoming a member of Harry Conklin’s midget team driven by Sam Sauer. That season, they won the Western USAC Midget Championships. He also won the 1974 late model championship at Englewood with Stallsworth. And, in 1977, 1978, 1979, he served as chief mechanic for Ronnie McDowell’s three consecutive season championships at Beacon Hill Speedway.