Ed Normi, a native and life-long resident of Petaluma, California, began his racing career in 1936 a...t the Oakland Speedway’s one-mile dirt track. His first forays into the sport were in the so-called “big-cars” and an occasional “stock car” race. His first midget races were in 1937-8 racing at San Francisco’s Moto-Drome. In 1940 he ventured down to Texas and raced midgets there with only mild success. In 1941, with the advent of World War II, his time was spent as a B-29 flight instructor for Uncle Sam.
After discharge in 1945, he began racing midgets with the Bay Cities Racing Association on a regular 7-night a week schedule. His “day job” was as a part-time flight instructor at the Petaluma Airport.
Between 1946 and 1959, Normi was a regular competitor with BCRA, and usually placed somewhere in the top-five finish of their Championship Seasons. He was BCRA’s Indoor Champion in 1951. This was during the years that saw Champion drivers such as Johnny Baldwin, Freddie Agabashian and Johnny Boyd winning BCRA championships. Most of Normi’s seat-time was spent in cars owned by BCRA Championship car owners, George Bignotti and Jack London.
Normi drove a few AAA and USAC midget races, mostly those contested at Northern California tracks such as Contra Costa Speedway and San Jose Speedway.
Today, Normi stands in fifth place in BCRA’s all-time main event wins, with a total of 56.
Ed was inducted into BCRA’s Hall of Fame in 1987. He passed away on Feb. 29. 1993 and fittingly, his ashes were distributed along the backstretch of Petaluma Speedway, his home-town track.