Honoree of the Month - August 2015
The Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame, at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum, in Hartford, Wisconsin, is proud to announce its Honoree of the Month for August 2015 is past sprint car champion Joe Roe of Zion, Illinois. Joe began his driving career in modifieds at the Wilmot Raceway in 1981. Following a short career in the modifieds Joe moved on to the powerful 410 sprint car division at Wilmot. He then progressed to race a traveling sprint car series and he would become arguably the best sprint car driver to ever come out of Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois by winning the Interstates Racing Association (IRA) 410 outlaw sprint car series championship "nine" times. Joe's biggest victories besides the nine titles, a record probably never to be broken, were the 1997 King of Wisconsin series at Wilmot and a $5,000 to win show at Butler Battlegrounds Speedway in Michigan. Joe was a four time winner of the Wisconsin Fans for Auto Racing "Driver of the Year" award and he was inducted into the Lake County Illinois Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
Joe was inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame in November of 2014. He is honored this month with a special display featuring photos, artifacts and other memorabilia chronicling his years in racing.
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