Ken Squier, the legendary commentator who is recognized for having brought NASCAR to the general public’s attention at the 1979 Daytona 500, died on Wednesday at the age of 88.
Early on Thursday morning, Squier’s longtime friend and MRN colleague Dave Moody confirmed the news of his passing.
Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO in a statement said, “Though he never sat behind the wheel of a stock car, Ken Squier contributed to the growth of NASCAR as much as any competitor.”
Cause of death-
The precise cause of death has not been revealed by his team and family. Although, Squier had recently moved into hospice care as a result of several health issues.
Ken Squier was born on April 10, 1935. He died at the age of 88.
As of 2023, he had an estimated net worth of around $7 million.
Ken Squier, a respected American sportscaster and motorsports editor from Waterbury, Vermont, was born on April 10, 1935, and passed away on November 15, 2023. Celebrated as one of the most recognizable voices in NASCAR history, Squier gained notoriety as the lap-by-lap announcer for NASCAR on CBS from 1979 to 1997.
Squier worked for radio stations in Vermont and New Hampshire when he first started his broadcasting career in the early 1960s. In 1968, he began working for CBS as a producer and news reporter. He was given the crucial responsibility of calling the Daytona 500 in 1979, which resulted in the race’s first-ever live flag-to-flag telecast. Squier’s observations, which gained global recognition when he coined the term “The Great American Race,” were highly praised.
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In 2010 and 2018, respectively, Squier was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the NASCAR Hall of Fame in recognition of his noteworthy contributions.
He was married to Elizabeth.