Racer, Mechanic, Tuner Phil McDonald, R.I.P.

Racer, Mechanic, Tuner Phil McDonald, R.I.P.

© 2020, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Racer, mechanic, and tuner Phil McDonald died Wednesday, August 5 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

According to his brother, former AMA Pro racer Sam McDonald, Phil McDonald was fixing a leak in the roof of his home when he fell two stories and landed head-first on a concrete patio and brick planter.

Phil McDonald suffered a fractured skull, a brain injury, and numerous other bone fractures. He was 64.

In addition to being a successful AMA Formula One racer, Phil McDonald served as the Crew Chief for Mike Baldwin on Team Honda.

Among McDonald’s many survivors are his father, AMA Hall of Famer and K&N Filters co-founder Norm McDonald; nephew Tyler McDonald, a former AMA Pro road racer; and another nephew current MotoAmerica Twins Cup racer Cooper McDonald.

A celebration of life for Phil McDonald is being tentatively planned for August 15, according to a social media post by his son Calvin McDonald.

We will post more information as it becomes available.


Phil McDonald (left) with Mike Baldwin (right). Photo courtesy Cooper McDonald.
Phil McDonald (left) with Mike Baldwin (right). Photo courtesy Cooper McDonald.

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