A homegrown hero from Maple Ridge, Greg Moore will be remembered throughout the racing world as a spectacular young talent who was taken from this world too early.
When Moore made a choice early on to follow his father’s footstep and pursue racing go-karts over playing goal in hockey, the rest was history. In his thirteen-year career, the young driver progressed through the North American championships, earning various titles and honours and quickly catapulted to the heights of professional racing.
While still a teenager, Moore and his team won their first Indy Lights season opener in Phoenix, making him the youngest driver to ever win a CART sanctioned event at the time. The 1995 racing season saw Moore break the record for most career Indy Lights victories with thirteen wins.
In his debut the following year as the youngest full-time Indy Car driver, Moore took the racing world by storm. A year later he became one of the youngest winners in North American open wheel racing history to that date. At twenty-two years of age, the sophomore driver held off Michael Andretti to take the checkered flag at the Milwaukee Mile. In 1997 and 1998 Moore finished in seventh and in fifth places overall respectively in the Cart championship driver standings. In 1999, he commenced the year with a fantastic win at Homestead in the series opener and achieved eight top-ten finishes that year.
His tragic death at the season finale in Fontana in October 1999 cut short one of the most brilliant racing careers of all time. The racing world mourned the loss of this young man. He was and is an inspiration to those who knew him and loved him so well, and to a multitude of fans who never met him.
A permanent gallery exists in the BC Sports Hall of Fame honouring Greg Moore’s life and racing career.