Frederick "Fred" Lorenzen, Jr., nicknamed The Golden Boy, Fast Freddie, The Elmhurst Express and Fearless Freddy, is a former NASCAR driver from Elmhurst, Illinois. Active from 1958 to 1972, he won the 1965 Daytona 500.
|Born:||Frederick Lorenzen, Jr, December 30, 1934, Elmhurst, Illinois, United States|
|Achievements:||1958, 1959 USAC Stock Car Champion, First driver to win the same 500-mile superspeedway race three years in a row (Atlanta 500, 1962–1964), 1965 Daytona 500 Winner, First driver to win at all five Southern original superspeedways (Daytona, Darlington, Atlanta, Charlotte, Rockingham, 1965), All-time superspeedway winner upon initial retirement in 1967 (12), 1963, 1965 World 600 Winner, First NASCAR driver to surpass $100,000 in winnings in one season ($122,000 in 1963), First driver to sweep both Martinsville races from the pole in a season (1964), Only driver to win four consecutive 500 lap races at Martinsville, Had a 50% winning percentage in 1964 (8 wins in 16 starts)|
|Awards:||1963, 1965 Grand National Series Most Popular Driver, Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998), Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee (2001), NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee (2015), USAC Hall of Fame inductee (2015)|
About Fred Lorenzen
NASCAR driver who went on an unprecedented winning streak in the 60's, winning events like the Daytona 500, the Virginia 500 and the World 600. He is considered one of the premiere stars of the sport's "Golden Era" and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015.
He started racing modified stock cars after high school and made his NASCAR debut at Langhorne Speedway in 1956.
In 1963, he became the first NASCAR driver to earn more than $100,000 in a season.
He has children named Amanda and Chris.
He and Bill Elliott are both members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
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