In Memory - Dr. Gordon R. "Doc" Nielsen

Dr. G.R. "Doc" Nieslen, 1930-2007

ACT mourns the passing of Dr. Gordon R. “Doc” Nielsen.  Doc was the chief scorer for the Thunder Road (Barre, VT) and American-Canadian Tour organizations from 1963 to 1998, and was responsible for innovations used in all types of auto racing to this day.  An intimidating figure with a piercing gaze, Nielsen had a soft spot for rookie racers, often tutoring them in procedural – and life – lessons.

Following his retirement from racing, the highly-respected insect expert and Pesticide Coordinatior (Nielsen received a B.S. in forestry and a Ph.D. in entomology) was honored with the creation of the Dr. G. R. Nielsen Rookie Achievement Award, presented to the top-performing freshman driver across all ACT/Thunder Road racing divisions each season.

Mike Martin, a Street Stock rookie at Thunder Road, was given the honor in 2006.  Other previous winners include Scott Payea, Nick Sweet, Jamie Fisher, and Billy Herring, the inaugural winner in 1998.

Doc passed away at home on Saturday following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was 77.