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C.L. “Charlie” Earwood, a prominent driver, promoter and official for some of America's top sports car racing organizations, passed away Tuesday at his home in Punta Gorda, Fla. He was 89.

Earwood was an active member of the Sports Car Club of America from 1960, when he raced Porsches in E and F production classes. He went on to introduced his sons, Terry and Stephen, to the sport as well before transitioning out of the cockpit to focus on race management and organization. He went on to serve as chief steward at many of America's top road racing events.

Earwood served as an official at the SCCA National Runoffs at Road Atlanta from 1964 through 1993, and was chief steward for the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona as well as for the SCCA Trans-Am Series, SCCA Truck Series, the Playboy Endurance Series, the F2000 Series and a wide variety of vintage racing series.

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