Senate Bill 2142

Senate Bill sb2142

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    Florida Senate - 2004        (NP)                      SR 2142

    By Senator Posey





    24-1563-04

  1                    Senate Resolution No. ____

  2         A resolution recognizing and commending Henry

  3         "Smokey" Yunick.

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  5         WHEREAS, Henry "Smokey" Yunick was born in 1924 in

  6  Nishaminy, Pennsylvania, where he grew up and lived on his

  7  family's farm until he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and

  8  became a B-17 Bomber pilot in World War II, flying more than

  9  50 bombing missions in the Balkan theatre for the Flying

10  Tigers, and

11         WHEREAS, upon being honorably discharged from the Army

12  Air Corps at the war's end, Smokey settled in Daytona Beach,

13  Florida, where in 1947 he opened a truck repair shop that he

14  named the "Best Damn Garage in Town," and

15         WHEREAS, shortly after opening his Daytona garage,

16  Smokey accepted the invitation of fellow Daytona resident and

17  stock car owner/racer Marshall Teague to join the Teague

18  racing team and begin a career in automobile mechanics that

19  would become the standard by which others in the auto racing

20  business would be measured, and

21         WHEREAS, in the years that followed, Smokey established

22  himself as a mechanical genius in the eyes of race car

23  sponsors, owners, and drivers, repeatedly introducing

24  mechanical innovations that led automakers to adopt his

25  engineering designs, gave his cars a clear competitive edge

26  over others, and enabled his drivers to achieve racing

27  dominance on the tracks, and

28         WHEREAS, while pursuing his career in automotive

29  mechanics, Smokey patented 11 of his automotive inventions,

30  led in designing and building cars that won 39 Grand National

31  races and two Grand National Championships between 1955 and

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 1  1962, designed and built the car that won the Indianapolis 500

 2  in 1960, wrote articles published in Popular Science and

 3  Circle Track Magazine, founded and served as Director of Emory

 4  Riddle University, became Professor Emeritus at Daytona Beach

 5  Community College, and served as a member of the Society of

 6  Automotive Engineers, and

 7         WHEREAS, in the course of his career, Smokey received

 8  numerous awards recognizing and honoring his extraordinary

 9  talents and successes in the sport of auto racing, including

10  becoming a two-time winner of NASCAR's Mechanic of the Year

11  Award, receiving a Mechanical Achievements Award from

12  Indianapolis Motor Speedway and from Ontario Speedway,

13  receiving an Engineering Excellence Award from Indianapolis

14  Motor Speedway, and being recognized as Inventor of the Year

15  in 1983, and

16         WHEREAS, on May 9, 2001, Smokey succumbed to the

17  ravages of leukemia, ending a remarkable life of innovative

18  leadership in automotive mechanics, marked by extraordinary

19  success in the sport of auto racing, and leaving a legacy of

20  personal and professional accomplishments unlikely to be

21  duplicated by his peers, NOW, THEREFORE,

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23  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:

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25         That the Florida Senate posthumously recognizes and

26  commends Henry "Smokey" Yunick for his dedication to the

27  highest standards of excellence in pursuit of his ambition to

28  build the most competitive race cars on the tracks,

29  establishing the "Best Damn Garage in Town" as an exemplary

30  business establishment that became a local landmark, and

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