Pete Zanardi
Class of 2008

Pete Zanardi became involved in covering motorsports in the late 1950s.  Over the next 50 years, he’s written about auto racing for newspapers, including the Manchester Times, Hartford Times, and New Haven Register.  He’s worked at racing publications including Stock Car and Open Wheel Magazine, Racing Times, Trackside, and Speedway Scene.  Pete’s also contributed to Circle Track Magazine, National Speed Sport News, and Popular Mechanics.

Pete has worked as a media coordinator/public relations director at both Stafford and Waterford, and worked as a consultant to Joe Gerber when Gerber ran the Race of Champions. 

As a baseball writer, Pete was inducted into the Hartford Twilight League Hall of Fame in 1975, and won a national writing award from the Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association in 1976.  He’s twice received writing awards from the Eastern Motorsports Press Association,  and won the Permatez Award for a story, “Greasy Hands”, which appeared in Stock Car Racing Magazine in 1970.

Zanardi has been a long time NEAR member, and has served on NEAR Hall of Fame committees since it’s inception in 1998.  Bill Roth, who runs the Waterford Speedbowl, put it best.  “:As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t a better short  track PR person in the country.”  Roth continues, “I’ve seen them in the northeast, the southeast, and the east.  Peter is the best.” 

Today, we welcome Pete into the NEAR Hall of Fame.