Road America Mourns the Loss of Official Historian Tom Schultz
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., – April 3, 2023 – Road America is deeply saddened by the passing of Tom Schultz, the Official Track Historian, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be remembered.
Schultz served in the United States Army and National Guard in the late 60s and early 70s, where he reached the rank of Captain. After a combined service of eight years, Schultz dedicated his life to community service and became a respected member of the Wauwatosa community.
A former Alderman for many years, Schultz also served as a member of the local Kiwanis Club and retired as a Vice President of Tri City National Bank. Schultz was a published author of several books, including books celebrating the history of Road America. Excerpts can be found on the Road America website. Schultz was also a proud graduate of Marquette High School and University.
Schultz’s passion for history and love of motorsports made him a natural fit to serve voluntarily as the Official Track Historian at Road America. Schultz spent several decades documenting the rich history of Road America, including the iconic drivers and races that have taken place on the track. His dedication to preserving the history of Road America earned him the coveted Governor’s Cup award distinction and his efforts will forever be cherished by the motorsports community.
Schultz was a beloved husband of 55 years to his wife, Jean Schultz, and a proud father to Kris Schultz and Mike Schultz. He was also a doting grandfather to five grandchildren, Ashley, Annalisa, Andrea Schultz, and James and Megan Plautz.
Road America President and General Manager Mike Kertscher expressed his condolences to the Schultz family and praised Schultz’s contributions to the track, stating, “Tom was a valued member of the Road America family and will be deeply missed. His dedication to documenting our rich history has left a lasting impact on our organization and the motorsports community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schultz family during this difficult time.”
Tom Schultz’s contributions to the community and his love of history will forever be remembered. His legacy will live on at Road America, where his impact as the Official Track Historian will be celebrated for years to come.
A Go Fund Me page has been established to support his family as they have endured additional expenses following his passing — further details are available on the Go Fund Me page Here -> https://gofund.me/f4b3497c
In lieu of flowers, Tom would have wanted memorials to Marquette High School in his name.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023, in the East Chapel of Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home (10121 W. North Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53226) from 4-7 pm. Church services are to be held at St. Bernard Parish (1500 N. Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213) Saturday, May 6, 2023, with visitation beginning at 10 am and Church Services starting at 11 am, followed by a procession to Holy Cross Cemetery.
Photo courtesy: Schultz Family Archives