From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Ray, Joseph R., Jr. "Joie"

(born: 1923  -  died: 2007) 

Born in Louisville, KY, Joseph R. Ray, Jr. drove in his first race in 1947. He drove open-wheel and stock-cars.

He has been confused with white race car driver Joie Ray,  the driver who started 25th in the 1952 Daytona race. The African American Joie Ray was the son of Joseph Ray, Sr.

For more see "Joie Ray" in Biographical Dictionary of American Sports. Outdoor Sports, edited by D. L. Porter; M. Grant, "Pioneer auto racer Ray dies at 83," Courier-Journal (Louisville), 4/17/2007, Sports section, p. 5C; P. Sullivan, Brick by Brick, a Joie Ray biography, 2008; "Racing Pioneer Joie Ray  interviewed by Benny Parsons on RPM2Night" on YouTube.

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NKAA Entry: Ray, Joseph R., Sr.
NKAA Source: Biographical dictionary of American sports. Outdoor sports
NKAA Source: Courier-Journal [Louisville] (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Brick by brick

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