One of the hardest things about the Great Race is you meet so many people from all over the country (and the world) but you only get to see most of them once a year on the race. And when you become friends with literally thousands of people over the years who have participated in the Great Race it is inevitable that you are going to lose some from time to time.
We have just learned that veteran racer Jonathan Auerbach passed away in December at the age of 70 after a short battle with lung cancer. In trying to fill out the field for the 2013 Great Race, we have contacted past Great Racers to remind them to enter before it is too late, and the last contact we had with Jonathan six months ago he said Save me a spot in the 2013 Great Race! He had missed the 2012 event to participate in the Trans America Run with his son Jake.
Jonathan was quite an accomplished man, as you can read in the link to the news story from Bloomberg below. But to most of us, he was just a cool car guy with cool cars.