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1955 Indianapolis 500 Champion Bob Sweikert To Be Inducted Into MSHFA June 29

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 24, 2016) – Indianapolis 500 champion and overall open-wheel legend Bob Sweikert of Los Angeles will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.

Bob SweikertSweikert is being inducted in the Historic Category, which honors achievements prior to 1976. In 1955, Sweikert had a season for the ages winning the Indianapolis 500, the AAA “Big Car” National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Championship. He was the first driver to sweep all three honors in a single season.

Sweikert also was the first driver to exceed 100 mph on a one-mile oval track. His career was halted at the age of 30, his full potential unrealized, when he died in June 1956 after a Sprint Car accident at Salem (Indiana) Speedway.

“It is always a thrill to induct a past Indy 500 winner,” said MSHFA President Ron Watson. “But his other accomplishments in 1955 really put an exclamation point on his short career.”

Sweikert was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 1994 and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1995.

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John Mecom Jr. To Receive Bob Russo Heritage Award At 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone

  • Legendary Car Owner Won Indianapolis 500 In 1st Attempt
  • Helped Spur Worldwide Growth Of Sports Car Racing In 1960s
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 20, 2016) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced today that John Mecom Jr. will receive the Bob Russo Heritage Award at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented By Bridgestone on June 29, at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.

The award, named in honor of the long-time motorsports journalist and historian, is presented at the recommendation of the MSHFA Board of Directors in recognition of the recipient's contributions to motorsports throughout their career.

john w. mecom jrMecom was one of the greatest team owners of the early and mid-1960s. The people who drove for him are a Who’s Who of racing greats, many of them past MSHFA inductees, including Mario Andretti, Mark Donohue, A.J. Foyt, Jim Hall, Walt Hansgen, Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Parnelli Jones, Augie Pabst, Roger Penske, Sir Jackie Stewart, Al Unser and Rodger Ward.

“John Mecom is a wonderful friend who has done an immense amount for American motorsport,” said three-time Formula One champion Stewart, who drove for Mecom in the Can-Am sports car series and the Indianapolis 500.

Mecom helped transform the Lola GT into a race-winner and ultimately the Ford GT that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive years. Mecom fielded Roger Penske’s Zerex Special and then sold it to Bruce McLaren, where it became the first McLaren sports car. He also won the Indianapolis 500 in his first attempt with a three-car Lola “super team” comprised of Stewart, Ward and eventual winner Graham Hill. Mecom did all of this by the age of 26, whereupon he quit full-time involvement to manage a new project that his family business decided to undertake for the city they loved, the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise.

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Lesa France Kennedy To Serve As Honorary Chairperson For 2016 MSHFA Induction Ceremony

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 5, 2016) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced today that International Speedway Corporation (ISC) CEO Lesa France Kennedy will serve as honorary chairperson for its 28th Annual Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 in Daytona Beach.

Kennedy, also ISC’s vice chairperson and executive vice president/vice chairperson of NASCAR, will be part of an illustrious list of attendees for the hall of fame’s first induction ceremony in Daytona Beach since its recent move from Novi, Michigan to Daytona International Speedway. The MSHFA now will be housed in the speedway’s ticket and tours facility that greets thousands of motorsports fans each year at the “World Center of Racing.”

The first phase of construction and development is expected to be completed by June. That completion will coincide with this year’s debut of the $400 million “DAYTONA Rising” project which has created the world’s first true motorsports stadium. The site for the induction ceremony will be announced in the near future.

“It will be a true honor to be involved in the very first Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction ceremony in Daytona Beach,” said Kennedy, the granddaughter of Bill France Sr., founder of ISC and NASCAR. “We are proud to welcome the hall of fame to our community and to Daytona International Speedway. It’s a great fit with an exciting future in store for all of us.”

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Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America Receives $2.5 Million Grant From Petersen Foundation, To Develop Robert E. Petersen Theater In Hall’s New Daytona International Speedway Home

  • Theater Planned For 2017 Opening
  • First Phase Of MSHFA Relocation Project Targeted For June Completion
  • MSHFA To Showcase All Forms Of American Motorsports At ‘World Center Of Racing’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 20, 2016) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced today that it has received a $2.5 million grant from the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation of Los Angeles, with the money targeted to fund construction and development of the Robert E. Petersen Theater in the hall’s new permanent home at Daytona International Speedway.

The MSHFA, which has moved to Daytona Beach from Novi, Michigan, will be housed in the speedway’s expansive ticket and tours facility that greets thousands of motorsports fans each year at the “World Center of Racing.” A vital component in the relocation will be the new theater, along with a Robert E. Petersen “Tribute Room” that will greet guests entering the attraction.

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