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Crew chief makes GPSA hall

Beard adds local honors to list of accomplishments

By Marcus Hill
The Pueblo Chieftain
Oct. 28, 2018


Anyone in racing circles is certainly familiar with the name Lee Beard.

He's been involved with the sport since the 1970s and has a plethora of accolades to his name.

Now, he can add Greater Pueblo Sports Association inductee to that list.

Beard will enter the GPSA Hall of Fame along with six others Nov. 14 at the induction banquet on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus.

"I'm really humbled that the people from the city that I grew up in recognized my effort and accomplishments," Beard said. "It's a real honor to be inducted into their sports hall of fame."

When Beard finished his career in NHRA, he did so with 55 wins and led 11 different drivers to victory.

The numerous feats don’t end there. Beard for his career in NHRA had 66 number one qualifying positions as a crew chief.

His last win in NHRA came in 2013 in Bristol, Tenn. and his last IHRA Australian national event win came in Melborne, Australia in 2017.

Of all the accomplishments, though, his run in 1989 with Gary Ormsby stands out.

Beard said they built an “unknown team” into a powerhouse and he’s proud of the numerous victories they earned during their time together.

"Building that into a world championship organization was one of my greatest accomplishments," Beard said. "Winning the championship with him in 1989 was a big accomplishment. When Gary hired me it was just a small team run out of the garage behind his house."

"We had the vision and foresight to turn it into a real top-notch race team."

After years as a crew chief, Beard is, so to speak, back in the driver’s seat.

He’s currently working as a technical analyst for Fox Sports.

"I'm the first crew chief to have that position there," Beard said. "All the others in the past have been drivers."

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