Dear Friends & Fans,
Sometimes I ask myself, could my story have happened in any other country? A teenage mother from Schenectady who goes on to become a 4-time Top Fuel World Champion and be recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives.
American motorsports is full of inspiring stories like mine. Which is why I've always supported the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. As one of its earliest inductees, I've watched it grow from a fledgling operation 26 years ago to the American motorsports Hall of Fame. The only one that honors every form of motorsports – open wheel, stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles, planes, powerboats and yes, drag racing.
But as successful as the Hall of Fame has become, it still depends on your support to keep doing the important work it does. So I'm asking you to make a donation now to keep the Hall going for another year.
The Hall is a non-profit organization, so your donation is 100% tax deductible. And giving takes just seconds – which a drag racer like me especially appreciates. Click the red "Donate to MSHFA" button on the left and donate what you can. Even $10 or $20 will make a difference, and everyone who donates $500 or more will receive a hand-signed thank-you from me.
If you're reading this, it's because you love our sport. Giving to the Hall is a great way to support the sport and give it the respect and acknowledgement it deserves.
MSHFA Class of 1990
4-time Top Fuel World Champion
DETROIT (August 6, 2014) – An enthusiastic and at times humbled audience of family, friends, fans and motorsports insiders gathered Wednesday evening in downtown Detroit to usher in an equally impressive and accomplished group of 2014 inductees at the 26th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony at the historic Fillmore Theater.
The 2014 class included event attendees Rusty Wallace (Stock Cars) and Arie Luyendyk (Open Wheel) in addition to sports car racing visionaries Jim France and Dr. Don Panoz who jointly accepted the Hall's Bob Russo Heritage Award for outstanding contributions to the motorsports industry.
Wallace, inducted by his former NASCAR team owner Roger Penske, was ushered into the Hall in the final presentation of the night.
"I see some of the world's greatest drivers and champions here tonight and it has humbled me to be here," said Wallace, who won the 1989 NASCAR Cup Championship. "It's an incredible honor. Thank you very much for inducting me into the Motorsport Hall of Fame."
Luyendyk shared with the crowd how he feels his induction is the crowning moment of an outstanding career that saw him win two Indianapolis 500s in 1990 and 1997.
"It is a great honor to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame," Luyendyk said. "It is something that almost closes a chapter in my life. I am obviously retired from racing. This is probably one of the last victories I will have in racing. Thank you very much."
DETROIT (August 5, 2014) - On the eve of the 26th Induction Ceremony, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America announced Tuesday an ambitious $7.5M campaign to build a new, permanent home at Daytona International Speedway. The move coincides with the scheduled January 2016 completion of DAYTONA Rising, the Speedway's $400 million renovation project currently underway. Once it's completed, the Hall of Fame will be one of the main stops on every track tour – welcoming and enthralling hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.
"Daytona is the perfect home for the Hall of Fame," said MSHF President Ron Watson, "because it is home or near home to all the forms of motorsports the Hall of Fame honors. The biggest stock car race, the biggest sports car race, the biggest motorcycle race, as well as an area known for great achievements in drag racing, powerboating and aviation."