Briggs Cunningham III, the co-owner of the team that carried Chase Briscoe to the 2016 ARCA Menards Series national championship, passed away Wednesday. Cunningham was 89.

Cunningham‘s involvement in ARCA carried on his family‘s legacy in motorsports that dated back 1930, when his father Briggs S. Cunningham founded what is now known as the Sports Car Club of America.

Cunningham III‘s own motorsports legacy was created when he partnered with co-owner Kerry Scherer to create a powerhouse team that earned 40 ARCA Menards Series victories with 14 different drivers, including current NASCAR Cup Series stars Briscoe and Alex Bowman, Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric and fellow series winner Myatt Snider, NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman, and Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne.

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I‘ve been very blessed to have never lost a family member I‘m close to in 26 years and although Briggs wasn‘t family he was like family and another grandfather to me, he was one of my best friends and someone I owe practically everything to. I miss you so much already Briggs…

— Chase Briscoe (@ChaseBriscoe_14) September 29, 2021

If you‘re lucky in the journey of life, there are impactful moments and people that will change your life for the better.

I can confidently say there is one person and moment that without – my life would be remarkably different.

— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) September 30, 2021

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