Checkered Flag for Blackie Meyers


It with a very heavy heart that we inform you that Richard “Blackie” Meyers, our long-time Chief of Fire/Rescue at the Detroit Grand Prix, lost his battle with the effects of COVID-19 and died this morning.  Both Blackie and his wife, Nina, were admitted to Beaumont Hospital-Troy in late April but were able to return home on May 4th.  Blackie was re-admitted that evening.

Blackie is survived by his wife, Nina, daughters Renae and Chris, and son, Rich.  We am sure that you will all join us in sending our condolences to his immediate family and his extended firefighting family.

Gary Lewandowski reports that after speaking with his daughter (Chris) all we can tell you is that arrangements are pending. We will let you know the moment we know something more.

Blackie was one of the original Chiefs of the Detroit Grand Prix dating back to 1982.  He was a Fire Chief with the Troy Fire Department (all volunteer) along with retiring from General Motors.  He was also on the Fire/Rescue teams at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and several other pro-racing venues.  He was also Chief of Fire/Rescue at Waterford Hills.  His last Detroit Grand Prix race was 2018, when he retired.

Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.