Hal Lawrence is a popular name in the world of race cars. He first began racing stock cars when he was just 17 years old, and today, after more than 60 years, he is still unstoppable. Lawrence has played many roles in the motorsport industry from being a driver to an owner, sponsor, promoter, race official, and even as a flagman for the races. He has also worked as a television race spotter for the CBS Sports Channel which is yet another milestone in his long career. Read below to find out why we are getting so inspired by the legendary race car driver.
According to Hal, he first got a taste of sports car when he was just 10 years old. Along with his father, he visited the Midget Car Race held at Buffalo’s Civic Stadium. He started racing and pursuing his passion in 1954. During this time he won heat races at Cuba Lake and Akron. He also won the Jalopy Point Championship in 1955. However, he stopped driving in 1959 and moved on to becoming a flagman.
For more than 15 years, he worked as a flagman (later being appointed as chief flagger) for the Can-Am Group. During this time in his career, Hal flagged at 30 tracks in the USA and Canada.
After getting the title of pace car driver for the Race of Champions, the versatile individual also served as a promoter for several companies. Although Hal Lawrence has worked for many, he claims to be the most inspired by Ed Serwacki, Ron Bennett, and Joe Skotnicki.
Despite his age, Hal is showing no signs of giving up and is still completely involved in the sport. He is expected to lead the flag in the upcoming Race of Champions. He also served as a flagger for the Ransomville Speedway last season as well as this year at Lancaster.
Hal Lawrence is also a charter fishing boat captain.
The long career has shown Hal a lot but according to him, it is the best part about his life. He has no regrets about incorporating race car driving to his life and there is no way he wants to change it. “I am not about to give up now”, says Hal.
Hal Lawrence is an optimistic and passionate individual who has dedicated his whole life to the sport he loves which is yet another reason for you to be getting inspired by his well-achieved career!