Ed Hoffman, 78
CHICAGO — The “man to beat” for the most part in Chicago area stock car racing in the 1970s and 80s, Ed Hoffman passed away in California on Jan. 27. He was 78.
Hoffman was a seven-time late-model track champion at Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Ind., and a six-time time track titlist at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill. After a dozen years or so of drag racing, Hoffman began his stock car racing career at Chicagoland’s old O’Hare Stadium in 1966, driving a ’56 Chevy once driven by Fred Lorenzen in the track’s Cadet (sportsman) division.
Hoffman moved to late-model competition in 1967 at O’Hare, eventually racing at tracks throughout the Chicago area and the Midwest. With a career that included racing in United States Auto Club (USAC), ARTGO and American Speed Ass’n, Hoffman competed in his final full season of competition in 1985.
Relocating to California, Hoffman continued to race on a part-time basis. Hoffman’s son, Eddie, is the long-time Midwestern stock car front runner.