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EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Son recalls father, local hall of fame racer

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – As all eyes will turn to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this month for the greatest spectacle in racing, Fort Wayne’s NBC is focusing on racing legends that live right here in our back yard.

One of those legends is Joe Wallace, a Fort Wayne mechanic turned race car driver.

Joe introduced his son Steve Wallace to racing early on and the two often raced at separate tracks as Steve got older.

Then, in 1982, Joe got in a wreck during a race.

He died from his injuries.

Area race tracks honored Joe with memorial races, and in 2003, Baer Field inducted Joe Wallace into the hall of fame.

A group of older race car drivers from Barefield regularly get together at the Tower Tavern to catch up with one another and reminisce about their glory days.

Steve often attends to talk about his hall of fame dad, Joe.

Sports reporter Megan Salle invites you to the table at this breakfast club of champions Monday, May 20, on Fort Wayne’s NBC Today.

The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday, May 26, and will air on NBC. Coverage begins at 11 a.m.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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