BETTER KNOWN AS THE GOLDEN BOY
Latest Activity: Jun 15, 2013
Started by Bernie Biernacki May 3, 2012.
Hi ,I was able to spend an hour with Fred last June. It was a wonderful experience to be able to meet someone who I have followed his racing career from back in the 50's in and around the Midwest. I brought copies of photos of his cars and he was able to give me detail about all of them. we talked about various tracks and almost all of his responses were in regard to handling.
i have built scale models of several of his cars and hope to get photos of them autographed. During my visit Fred autographed a painting I did in 1958 of his USAC Championship Ford, the car he commented was his favorite.
I hope to get back to get back to see him again.
From Fred's daughter to Dale Jr. And fans, what a smart, educated and courageous choice you have made. I commend you for thinking of the importance to rest and take care of your brain. It's a tremendously difficult hard choice you've made to sit out. You have given your family, friends and fans a wonderful gift. I have never spoken publicly about this, but you have now made it OK for me. Many of you know my Dad suffers from dementia. This is serious stuff....head injuries should be taken incredibly seriously. My Dad was and still is as tough as nails. In his racing career he suffered 2 severe head traumas and concussions and never took a break to heal. The one at Darlington he promised to travel home and see a doctor. He never did. He got right back in the car and drove...being tough and doing what he loved. He suffered another concussion that was also very bad, those are the 2 we "knew" of. Soon after, he had terrible headaches, blurred vision and more. He refused to see a doctor because he's "tough." I love my Dad more than anything and would give the world to have had him sit out of those races when he just got right back in the car. It's clear he suffers from what they call chronic traumatic encephalopathy, most common in football players and wrestlers. Only a brain biopsy will confirm it, but he has every symptom on the list. It was once called "punch drunk" syndrome. If my Dad knew now what getting back in the car would do, he would be sitting out too. For himself, his fans and for the family he loves so much. I miss him being just my "Dad" every day. So.....Dale Jr. You've found a new special fan today (me) and your family will be forever grateful. You are not only a talented driver, but a smart and thoughtful one. If only we had the knowledge back then of head injuries, my Dad would be sitting with me in good health today, playing with his grand babies and living happily at home . Thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing up and doing this. You're making a difference for your later life and hopefully for NASCAR. With love and honor, Amanda (Fred Lorenzen's daughter)
HI FRED FANS:
SAW FRED TODAY HE IS DOING AS WELL AS CAN BE. HE WAS BEING INTERVIEWED BY A LOCAL NEWSPAPER. EVERYONE, PLEASE GO TO THE NASCAR HALL OF FAME WEBSITE AND VOTE FOR FRED. LET'S MAKE 2013 HIS YEAR TO SHINE!
By Bernie Biernacki
Fred is in a nursing home. He would always appreciate holiday cards. His address is: Bridgeview Christian Village, attn. Fred Lorenzen, Room #146, 111 E. Washington, Bensenville, IL 60106
Has anyone heard how he's doing? Last I heard he was moving into a assisted living home.
This is awesome!!!!
State Representative Dennis Reboletti
For Immediate Release Contact: Rep. Dennis Reboletti
Nov. 16, 2011 (630) 530-2730
‘Fearless Freddie’ Honored With Resolution
Elmhurst, IL… State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) sponsored a resolution to honor lifelong Elmhurst resident and NASCAR driver Fred Lorenzen.
Also known as Fearless Freddie, Lorenzen began his racing career with a home-built speedster with a lawn mower-powered engine he would race down the streets of Elmhurst. His very first race at a demolition derby at Soldier Field in a 1941 Plymouth landed him his first win and his success only escalated ever since.
Lorenzen’s accomplishments throughout his racing career include:
Upon finishing his racing days, Lorenzen returned back home and resides in Oak Brook where he led a happy life with his family and had a successful career in real estate.
“Fred Lorenzen was an icon of NASCAR and the racing world,” Reboletti said. “He is an Illinois sports legend and we recognize him for his lifetime of accomplishments.”
Lorenzen has been nominated for the NASCAR Hall of Fame for 2013.
A press conference to present the resolution to the Lorenzen family will take place at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.
For more information, visit www.reboletti.com.
Fred Lorenzen was the Sandy Koufax of stock car racing.
The greatest of the greatest.
It's a shame NASCAR has relagated him to such a mundane status.
If baseball treated Koufax the same way his win total would have never been enough to gain admission to the hall of fame.
Greatness is determined by how hard a man is to beat at the peak of his career.
Nobody was better than Sandy. Nobody was better than Fearless Freddie.
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