Warren White, 80

Warren "Newt" White in 1963. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)
Warren "Newt" White in 1963. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)
Warren “Newt” White in 1973. (Stan Kalwasinski photo)

LOCKPORT, Ill. — Former leading Chicago area midget racer, Warren “Newt” White, 80, passed away at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox on April 17.

White was the driving champion of the old United Auto Racing Ass’n in 1973.

A resident of Lockport, White was UARA’s “rookie of the year” in 1957. White also raced midgets with the United States Auto Club and other Midwestern racing associations. He teamed with car owner George Holterman to win the UARA crown in ’73 after finishing third in the 1972 standings. White won five UARA feature races during his title-winning year.

One of the biggest wins during White’s career was a 100 lapper at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway in 1973. White was crowned the Florida Winter Nationals Champion in 1975. He was inducted into the Mazon Speed Bowl/Grundy County Speedway Hall of Fame in 2004.

White is survived by his wife, Rita, son, Les (Kris) White, and grandchildren, Bryan and Rhiannon.



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Stan Kalwasinski
Stan Kalwasinski has been involved in auto racing for nearly 50 years as both a writer and photographer. He has a particular interest in Chicagoland auto racing — primarily stock car racing. Look for him at tracks in the Chicagoland region of Illinois.