Joe Schoenith
By David Greene

Joe Schoenith represented the Gale team in the 26 years that they participated in the sport. Since his son Lee is already in the Hall of Fame due to his accomplishments as a driver, including three consecutive High Point Championships, with only Bill Muncey and Dean Chenoweth winning more driving Championships, and with his accomplishments as a commissioner in establishing the prize money basis for the sport in the 1960s, it is appropriate that his father Joe be included in the Hall of Fame to represent the team's ownership record. At the time they retired in 1975, the Schoeniths had won more races than any other team. Their periods of greatest productivity were in the middle fifties when they won nine races en routs to three consecutive High Paint Championships and 1969-1972 when they won 13 races, including one Gold Cup. From 1969 through 1972 the Schoeniths scored more victories than either Dave Heerensperger or Bernie Little, which is some pretty stiff competition. For these manifest achievements, Joe Schoenith as representative of the Gale team deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

(Reprinted from the Unlimited NewsJournal, March 1985)

[See also Detroit's Fabulous Schoenith Family]

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