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T. Taylor Warren

T. Taylor Warren was famous for his photograph of the 1959 Daytona 500 finish which helped determine the winner of the race.

  • Awarded: 2023
  • Position:Media

Vitals

Hometown

Wyoming, Delaware

Born

07/04/1925

Died

10/08/2008

Photographed

Inaugural Daytona 500 Finish

SIX DECADES OF PHOTOGRAPHY

T. Taylor Warren is the first photojournalist to win the prestigious award named after Ken Squier and Barney Hall.

Warren began photographing race cars at the Milwaukee Fairgrounds in 1948 and was hired by Bill France Sr. to photograph the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1952. He went on to become the track photographer at Daytona International Speedway, where he worked every Daytona 500 until his death in 2008.

“While T. Taylor Warren was best known for his photo of the 1959 Daytona 500 finish, his photographs brought NASCAR to our fans for nearly six decades,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France. “Through his work for NASCAR, race tracks and countless motorsports outlets, his images were often the only way for fans to see the action from the race track. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to NASCAR photography, no one was more prolific than T. Taylor.”

In addition to his work for NASCAR and tracks, Warren shot photos for several racing magazines, most notably Southern MotoRacing.

Warren has been honored with several prestigious awards. In 2006, he became the first photographer to win the International Motorsports Hall of Fame's Henry T. McLemore Award for achievement in journalism. He posthumously won the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Award in 2008 for outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. He was also inducted into the NMPA Hall of Fame in January of 2009.

Warren was honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities on Jan. 20, 2023.