Tom "the Mongoo$e" McEwen

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It’s with our deepest sympathy that we report the passing of Tom “the Mongoo$e” McEwen. He was a friend, an associate and a heck of a drag racer. Probably as much to be credited with the proliferation of big time sponsorships as anyone, it was Goo$e who brought on the Mattel Hot Wheels sponsorships early in our sport. Along with his then partner of sorts, Don Prudhomme, the pair barnstormed the country match racing. A member of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, he was much more than that. There probably is no better example of the word “legend” than Tom McEwen.

Godspeed Goo$e.