John Allan Potts died March 16, 2017 in Indianapolis. He was born September 24, 1938 in Louisville, Ky. to John A. and Mary Will Potts (Graham). He married Joyce E. Potts (Gater) on December 14, 1968 in Salem. She survives him.
He was a 1956 graduate of Manual Dupont High School in Louisville. He served as a Linguist in the United States Air Force from 1956-1960. Upon being Honorably Discharged from the Air Force, he embarked on a 50+ year career in Print Media and Motorsports Communications. In the early 1970s, he was Editor of the County Press in Salem before serving as Editor in Chief of the Scott County Journal & Chronicle in Scottsburg for 15 years. From 1985-2005 he was News Director at Indianapolis Raceway Park (Now Lucas Oil Raceway). Following that, he served as Public Relations Director for London Speedway in London, Ky. and Corbin Speedway in Corbin, Ky. Additionally, he was heavily involved with the creation of Fairgrounds Motor Speedway in Louisville, serving as Chief Starter for a number of years and remained as a Track Official when the track closed in 1980. He flagged thousands of races in his lifetime for the American Speed Association (ASA), Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Auto Racing Club of America (ARCA), American Motorcycle Association (AMA), United Midget Racing Association (UMRA) and NASCAR all over the United States. He was the author of "Driven to the Past" (2000) which included a foreword written by Darrell Waltrip. In 2012, he was inducted into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Robert W. Potts (Beverly) of Louisville; a son, Matthew Potts (Becky); one daughter, Maria Potts; 3 grandchildren Toni Potts, Miranda Baker and Elliott Sabella; and one great-grandchild Guinevere Baker, all of Indianapolis.
A Memorial Gathering will take place on Wednesday March 22 from 5-8 p.m. at Conkle Funeral Home in Speedway.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Victory Junction Gang Camp at 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman NC 27317 or by visiting victoryjunction.org
Published on March 21, 2017