Chris Economaki, known as the “Dean of American Motorsports Journalism,” died Friday.

He was 91.

“The passing of Chris Economaki is a tough loss for me on both a personal and professional level, having known Chris throughout my life,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Many people consider Chris the greatest motorsports journalist of all time. He was, indeed, Tthe Dean.’ Chris was a fixture for years at NASCAR events and played a huge role in growing NASCAR’s popularity. I’ll miss seeing him and, of course, I’ll miss hearing that voice. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughters Corinne and Tina and the rest of Chris’ family.”