Red Foote ran his first race in 1948, at
Kingston, RI. Carl Morrow and Ralph LeGendre co-owned Foote”s first
car, a silver #1 coach. It wasn’t long before the “racing bug” bite
Foote, and he was competing at Norwood on Thursdays and Saturdays,
and Lonsdale on Sundays, with regular visits to Westboro when time
allowed. One day, while driving to a race at Lonsdale, the car
hauling Foote's race car broke down. Unable to make repairs, he
unloaded the race car and used it to push the tow vehicle to the
This kind of persistence paid off
for Foote, who won championships at Waterford-new London in 1953,
and again in 1958. He also took down a championship in Plainville in
the 50’s, competing in the United Stock Car Racing Club.
The 60’s found Foote racing with
NASCAR, winning races from New England to the Carolinas to Daytona.
It was during this period that he became one of the “Eastern
Bandits”, along with fellow “bandits” Ed Flemke and Rene Charland.
Red took down a championship in North Carolina in 1965.
Red Foote retired after competing
at Langley Field, Virginia in 1980, driving a sportsman car,
(present day Busch Series), so he is able to say that he was
competitive in 5 different decades of racing. From his ’37 Coach, to
a NASCAR Sportsman, Red Foote has represented himself, and the sport
of auto racing, well throughout his career.