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Norm Froscher
Gainesville, Florida
Died July 29, 2010

Friend of NHRA, legendary motorsports reporter Norm Froscher dies at 79
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Norm Froscher, a longtime friend and supporter of NHRA Drag Racing who worked for several Florida newspapers, including the Gainesville Sun, and later as a freelance writer, died July 29. He was 79. The media center at NHRA's Gainesville Raceway, where Froscher tirelessly worked to cover nearly every edition of the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, is named in his honor.

“Everyone at NHRA is saddened by today’s news of the passing of Norm Froscher,” said Jerry Archambeault, NHRA vice president of communications and public relations. “Norm was a constant fixture at Gainesville Raceway, treating the facility as though it was his second home. He was not just a reporter but a friend to every racer that went down the dragstrip and everyone at NHRA. We will miss him, but his spirit will always be with us.”

Legendary racer Don "the Snake" Prudhomme, a five-time Gatornationals champ, added, "I am really sorry to hear about Norm. We became good friends through the years, and I always looked forward to seeing him each year in Gainesville. As far as I am concerned, he had a great deal to do with helping my career and the growth of drag racing from his articles about everything from race results to unique feature stories. I will always picture him in my mind walking around chewing on a cigar. He is just one guy that I always enjoyed speaking with. He always had some great questions, and I enjoyed answering them. I am going to miss him."

Froscher began his professional career as a newspaper sportswriter upon graduation from the University of Florida in 1953 and earned numerous awards, including the NHRA Media Award in 1975. He received the Ray Marquette Memorial Award and the Bloys Britt Memorial Writing Award for motorsports writing excellence and won awards at annual national press competitions for auto racing and thoroughbred horse racing reporting. In 2003, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Driver of the Year Foundation, joining Chris Economaki as the only two racing journalists to be so honored.

Froscher was a past president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association and the Florida Sports Writers Association.
 

Norm Froscher, Motorsports Writer of 50 Years, Honored

A free-lance magazine writer, Norm Froscher is in his 50th year writing, having began as a newspaper sports writer upon graduation from the University of Florida in 1953.

Through the years, Froscher, as a writer and editor, has been honored with the Ray Marquette Memorial Award, the Bloys Britt Memorial Writing Award (both for motorsports writing excellence), the NHRA media award , and a winner of national annual press competitions in both auto racing and thoroughbred horse racing.

The media center at Gainesville Raceway is named in his honor. He's past president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association, and the Florida Sports Writers Association.

Most recently, last month he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Driver of the Year Foundation and presented a $2,000 Maurice LeCroix Swiss wristwatch by 12-time NHRA drag racing champion John Force and Barry Schmoyer, Driver of the Year president (see photo below).

Froscher joins Chris Economaki as the only two racing journalists to be so honored at this time.

Froscher’s latest honor was having one of his earlier stories included in the new book “Chicken Soup for the NASCAR Soul”.

Norm Froscher's columns will appear from time-to-time on www.FloridaAutoRacing.com .

Froscher "Hit For The Cycle"Photo copyright 2003 Auto Imagery, Inc.

Free Lance magazine writer Norm Froscher of Gainesville, FL, has again been honored for contributions and recent success in motorsports writing competition.

    Froscher recently "hit for the cycle" in the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters competition, scoring a first, a second and two thirds and an honorable mention for which he received cash awards and certificates. He is a past president of the motorsports media group and also past president of the Florida Sports Writers and Broadcasters Assn.

    Earlier in the year he was a winner in the Ford Motorsports Excellence competition for a story on Craftsman Truck Series competitor Erik Darnell in Racing Milestones, titled "X-Man Revealed".

    His most recent single honor came from Bristol "Thunder Valley" Dragway when President and General Manager Jeff Byrd had him as a guest and presented him a large plague honoring his "Many contributions to NHRA Drag Racing" prior to an event.

    Froscher's piece on "The Fireball Myth" -- dispelling the oft-quoted fact that the late Glenn "Fireball" Roberts received the nickname from organized baseball -- has appeared, will appear on www.LegendsofNASCAR.com and www.FireballRoberts.com   .

    Froscher, a former newspaper executive sports editor and writer, is celebrating his 54th year in professional writing. He has also been honored with the Driver of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, Ray Marquette and Bloys Britt Memorial Awards and the NHRA Media

Award. The media center at Gainesville Raceway is named in his honor.

Check out the Florida Auto Racing Archives of Articles from Norm Froscher:

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Chris's Column   By Chris Economaki     March 19, 2003

A pat on the back for Norm Froscher on being honored by the Driver of the Year Award panel for his 30 years of tireless service to the organization.  Froscher, a freelance writer, is past president of the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association and Florida Sportswriters Association. The media center at NHRA's Gainesville Raceway is named for him. Froscher will receive a Maurice LaCroix Swiss Watch emblematic of this honor.

NORM FROSCHER of Gainesville, Fla., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Driver Of The Year Award panel. Froscher, 72, who is celebrating his 50th year as a writer, was presented the award by 12-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force and Barry Schmoyer, director of the Driver of the Year Award, on March 16 at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville. Froscher is a past president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association and the Florida Sports Writers Association. Froscher is now a freelance writer, whose work appears in NASCAR Magazine, Racing Milestones Magazine, the Gainesville Sun and the Summit Drag Race Central on-line site. April 21, 2003   www.SceneDaily.com

Norm Froscher honored by DOTY     March, 3, 2003

Norm Froscher will be honored by the DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD panel for his tireless efforts and distinguished service in furtherance of the award over the course of almost three decades.

Froscher, a winner of the prestigious Ray Marquette Award & Bloys Britt Award (which is commemorated at Daytona International Speedway) and NHRA media awards, is a freelance magazine writer and a past president of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Assn., and the Florida Sports Writers Assn.

The 72-year old, who resides in Florida, has a media center named after him at the Gainesville Raceway and also covers thoroughbred horse racing.He joined the panel in 1975, when it had only 10 voting members, continuing in that capacity until 1993.Since then he's been an advisor, publicist and all-around counselor of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD.

He joins Chris Economaki, the only original voting member of the panel, as the second to be recognized for his service to the unique driver honor.

When he learned of the recognition he was surprised. "The Driver of the Year has meant very much to me through the years, ever since I was recommended for the panel be the late Ray Marquette in 1975. It has been very rewarding to first help determine and then be associated with the 'best of the best' in auto racing, along with Barry Schmoyer and the panel," he said.

As a token of esteem of the panel Froscher will be presented a Maurice Lacroix Swiss wristwatch in connection with a NHRA event.

Recently SPEED Channel announced that it had become the official presenter of the award. SPEED Channel can be seen by 60 million homes in North America.

Maurice Lacroix Swiss Watches is the official watch of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD and also presents a wristwatch to the quarterly and annual winners.

President of the DRIVER OF THE YEAR Foundation is Barry Schmoyer, businessman and sportsman of Sarasota, Florida.Further information on the award may be obtained from the DRIVER OF THE YEAR Foundation, PO Box 49827, Sarasota, FL34230 or from (941) 953-6209.

-doty/lewis franck

 


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