The auto racing community is mourning the death of Henrico’s Rick Townsend, who built race cars for some of the sport’s biggest names.
“God’s gift to him was race cars, and building them to go super fast,” said his business partner, Ricky Dennis. “The other gift was people skills, because everybody loved him and he was super funny.”
Dennis said he believed Mr. Townsend was either 66 or 67. An official obituary has not yet been released. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, Jan. 15 at Bennett Funeral Home in Glen Allen.
Mr. Townsend worked out of a garage in Hanover.
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— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 3, 2023