West Coast Racer Ray Scheetz Dies
Ray Scheetz died Monday morning from complications with Emphysema.
Scheetz’s racing career began at the end of World War II when his dad started preparations for the post-war competition aboard his track roadster. Scheetz took to the mechanic trade and by his mid teen had caught the attention of racing Mechanic, John Pouelsen, who noticed Scheetz’s attention to detail and his organized approach to servicing the race car for the next event.
Pouelsen offered Scheetz an opportunity to join his crew at Indianapolis as they took the Agajanian Special and Parnelli Jones to the Brickyard and victory in 1963. Pouelsen moved to the Bowes Seal-Fast team in 1964 through 1966 and took Scheetz along while campaigning with A.J. Foyt on the USAC trail.
Scheetz returned to southern California racing action in 1968 as the race car preparation specialist for the Morales Brothers, Don Peabody, Bill Sykes, Chuck Tucker, Billy Wilkerson, Skip Schuck and the Kazarian family.
Some of the drivers that raced in Scheetz prepared race cars were Howard Gardner, Nick Valenta, Ray Douglas, Bob Hogle, A.J. Foyt, Chuck Hulse, Rick Goudy, Colby Scroggin, Billy Wilkerson, Booby Olivero, Bubby Jones, Don Johns, Bob Coulter and Ron Shuman with Scheetz collecting ten season championships.
Combined these drivers worked with Scheetz to amass 155 sprint car victories during his career.
In 1995 and 1996, Scheetz was very active in the building of Perris Auto Speedway, fabricating many parts of the state of the art catchfence. Over the years, he devoted his efforts in track preparation in much the same way as his race cars.