R.I.P. Former Pro Racer, Racing Business Owner Brett Ray – Roadracing World Magazine

Lyle Ellerbee

Previous pro road racer and racing business enterprise owner Brett Ray died of a coronary heart assault at his house in Marion, Illinois, on Could 6. He was 59.

Ray grew up racing bikes in motocross, flat track, drag racing and even did some car racing, but he liked motorbike highway racing most of all. By way of the 1990s and early 2000s he competed in AMA Professional Superbike, usually underneath the R & R Racing banner.

He later on shifted to the AMA Professional SunTrust Moto-ST/Moto-GT stamina sequence, in which he and Paul Schwemmer co-rode an Aprilia Tuono RSV1000 to 3rd place overall in the race at VIRginia Global Raceway.

He later came back again to participate in the 75th Daytona 200 in 2016, competent 38th in the field of 54, but DNF the race.

Absent from the track, Ray turned his enthusiasm for racing into a business enterprise, also identified as R & R Racing. Ray started out R & R Racing in 1991 and made rear subframes, front fairing brackets, and bike stands, amid other products.

Later on in lifetime Ray switched to pursuing a profession in video clip and movie production and labored on quite a few industrial and movie initiatives.

He is survived by wife Lana Ray mother and father, Deanna and Lecil Ray sister, Ellen Denise Sumrall son, Brandon Ray a few stepdaughters, Morgan Thomas, Ashley Waldrop, and Makenzie Johnston stepson, Taylor Wicks six grandchildren and a massive prolonged relatives.

A visitation has been scheduled from 4:00-7:00 p.m. (Central Time) on Could 11 at Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 North Court Avenue, Marion, Illinois, (618) 993-2131, www.wilsonmcreynolds.com. The visitation will be immediately adopted by a memorial service, which will be streamed dwell on the funeral home’s Facebook site.

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