|Lucas Oil Racing Divisions were literally stunned and saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of Tony Adamo this past Thursday morning. This was especially true of Greg Scheidecker, an executive with the Lucas Oil Race Day Promotions and Special Events Department, who also found himself having to bid farewell to a long time friend.
"I was just devastated when I heard this news", Scheidecker said adding "Tony was one of my closest friends in life as well as a Lucas Oil colleague. One could not ask for a more loyal friend in life. My heart felt thoughts and prayers will be with his wife Brenda along with Scott and Andrea during this truly tragic time."
Scheidecker recalled their time together during his driving days. "He was on the road with me during the old days when I was driving in the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Series and he was with me when we ran the late model division at the Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino. He was he go to guy on the team, the guy you could count on to literally take care of anything. He was also the guy who was always willing to help another team," he said.
Adamo had the heart and soul of a racer and also had his own racing history at the Orange Show Speedway throughout the 1970's and 1980's. He was especially prolific in the speedway's figure eight division where he scored seven feature wins in one season. Adamo spent the last nine years as an employee of Lucas Oil's Race Day Promotions and was an integral part of the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway's Winter Blast Racing Series in Blythe-California. While his job description read Track Assistant, his job performance far exceeded those duties. That was due to his long time commitment to approaching anything he did at a minimum 100 percent plus effort. He was often the one who unlocked the speedway gates early in the morning and often the one who locked the gates late at night after the race. Between those two points in time he kept a sharp eye on everything connected with the track and the racing. He commanded the respect of the drivers and race teams at the I 10 Speedway. But more important, he was always their friend.
Between the racing action in Blythe, Adamo was also a major part of the Lucas Oil/Rockstar Energy Drink Modified Racing Series. He loved the travel to the variety of race tracks and being a part of the series. While this job also frequently involved long hours, he approached each and every task with that famous, ever present, smile on his face.
For friends and race fans wishing to honor his life, a viewing for Tony Adamo will be held on Tuesday, June 22nd from 5 to 8 pm, at the Cortner Chapel located at 221 Brookside Avenue in Redlands, Funeral services will be held the following day, Wednesday the 23d at 1030 am, at the Sacred Heart Church located at 115 West Olive Avenue also in Redlands. Interment will be at the Redlands based Hillside Memorial Park, 1540 Allessandro Road.
Source: Dave Grayson