Roger Curtis statement on the passing of Dick Trajnowski

Dick Trajnowski

Statement from Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis on the passing of former Jackson Citizen Patriot sportswriter Dick Trajnowski:

“Dick Trajnowski was one of the most beloved sportswriters in our local Jackson community and it’s with great sadness that we learned of his passing this past weekend. He had a reputation for being a caring, soft-spoken individual who brought MIS races and Jackson area sports to the forefront for many years. Mr. Trajnowski was a wonderful supporter of the speedway throughout his 30 years with the Jackson Citizen Patriot and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Dick Trajnowski, 74, won several state and national awards for sports writing while at the Jackson Citizen Patriot. He covered every race weekend at Michigan International Speedway from the track in 1968, including the ground-breaking for the track’s construction, through his retirement in 1997. He also co-authored a book in 2008 produced by the Citizen Patriot chronicling the top drivers from the first 40 years of the speedway’s history.

Following Trajnowski's retirement from the Citizen Patriot, he continued to cover sports part-time for the paper, and he also worked for a short time at MIS on race weekends. Trajnowski, named Auto Racing Writer of the Year by the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club in 1980, also covered 19 Indianapolis 500s. He covered NASCAR races for the Citizen Patriot at nine tracks around the country, including Daytona International Speedway on several occasions.

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