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Induction Ceremonies - 2000 through 2009

2000

12th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2000

DateJune 8, 2000
VenueThe State Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Master of CeremoniesBenny Parsons
Former NASCAR Champion and current NBC broadcaster
Inductees

Cook Cleland

(Aviation)

Tom D'Eath

(Power Boats)

Peter Gregg

(Sports Cars)

Sam Hanks

(Open Wheel)

Bob Hannah

(Motorcycles)

Ray Harroun

(Historic)

Danny Ongais

(Drag Racing)

Wood Brothers

(Stock Cars)

Smokey Yunick

(At Large)

Honorary ChairmanRobert Rewey
group VP, Ford Motor Company
group VP, Global Consumer Services and North America
Heritage Award Bob Russo

2001

13th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2001

DateJune 7, 2001Photos
VenueThe State Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Master of CeremoniesBenny Parsons
Former NASCAR Champion and current NBC broadcaster
Inductees

Earl Cooper

(Historic)

Emerson Fittipaldi

(Open Wheel)

Andy Granatelli

(At Large)

Tony LeVier

(Aviation)

Fred Lorenzen

(Stock Cars)

Tom McEwen

(Drag Racing)

Ken Miles

(Sports Cars)

Mira Slovak

(Power Boats)

Freddie Spencer

(Motorcycles)

Honorary ChairmanPeter Pestillo
CEO, Visteon Corp.
Bob Russo Heritage Award Ford Racing

2002

14th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2002

DateJune 12, 2002Ceremony
Pre-Induction Reception
VenueThe State Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Master of CeremoniesBenny Parsons
Former NASCAR Champion and current NBC broadcaster
Inductees

Gaston Chevrolet

(Historic)

Dale Earnhardt

(Stock Cars)

Eddie Hill

(Drag Racing)

Gordon Johncock

(Open Wheel)

Eddie Lawson

(Motorcycles)

Paul Mantz

(Aviation)

Fred Offenhauser

(At Large)

Brian Redman

(Sports Cars)

Presenters

John Middlebrook

(Chevrolet)

Mike Helton

(Earnhardt)

Dave McClelland

(Hill)

Donald Davidson

(Johncock)

Larry Maiers

(Lawson)

Corkey Fornof

(Mantz)

Chris Economaki

(Offenhauser)

Jim Hall

(Redman)

Honorary ChairmanStu Grant
General Manager of Global Race Tires for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

2003

15th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2003

DateJune 13, 2003Photos
VenueThe State Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Master of CeremoniesBenny Parsons
Former NASCAR Champion and current NBC broadcaster
Inductees

Bob Bondurant

(Sports Cars)

Ed Donovan

(Drag Racing)

Tommy Hinnershitz

(Historic)

Ted Jones

(Power Boats)

Mel Kenyon

(Open Wheel)

Gary Nixon

(Motorcycles)

Bill Simpson

(At Large)

Darrel Waltrip

(Stock Cars)

Presenters

Tom Rhoades

(Bondurant)

Don Garlits

(Donovan)

Presenter

(Hinnershitz)

Tom D'Eath

(Jones)

Donald Davidson

(Kenyon)

Jim Duffner

(Nixon)

Ken Squier

(Simpson)

Presenter

(Waltrip)

Honorary ChairmanDarryl Jackson
VP - Dodge Marketing, DaimlerChrysler
Bob Russo Heritage Award Bob Tasca

2004

16th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2004

DateJuly 29, 2004Photos
VenueThe State Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Master of Ceremonies Mike Joy
Inductees

Joe Amato

(Drag Racing)

Geoff Brabham

(Sports Cars)

Bill France, Jr.

(Stock Cars)

Shav Glick

(At Large)

Johnnie Parsons

(Historic)

Bobby Rahal

(Open Wheel)

Don Vesco

(Motorcycles)

Honorary ChairmanDave Illingworth
SVP & Administrative Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, USA
Bob Russo Heritage Award Linda Vaughn

2005

17th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2005

DateAugust 18, 2005Ceremony
Pre-Induction Reception
VenueThe State Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Master of CeremoniesMike Joy
Inductees

Danny Foster

(Power Boats)

Hurley Haywood

(Sports Cars)

Holman & Moody

(At Large)

Tommy Ivo

(Drag Racing)

Benny Parsons

(Stock Cars)

Troy Ruttman

(Historic)

Tom Sneva

(Open Wheel)

Jay Springsteen

(Motorcycles)

Honorary Chairman Brent Dewar
VP, General Motors North America

2006

18th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2006

DateAugust 17, 2006
VenueThe State Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
Master of CeremoniesJim Mueller
Inductees

Tom Carnegie

(At Large)

Elliott Forbes-Robinson

(Sports Cars)

Chris Karamesines

(Drag Racing)

Nigel Mansell

(Open Wheel)

Hershel McGriff

(Stock Cars)

Curtis Turner

(Historic)

Jeff Ward

(Motorcycles)

Honorary ChairpersonAnne Stevens

2007

19th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2007

DateAugust 15, 2007
VenueThe Fillmore Detroit
Master of CeremoniesJim Mueller
Voice of Michigan International Speedway
Inductees

Bill Elliott

(Stock Cars)

John Fitch

(Sports Cars)

Jim McGee

(Open Wheel)

Leo Mehl

(At Large)

Jim Rathmann

(Historic)

Bubba Shobert

(Motorcycles)

Sox & Martin

(Drag Racing)

Honorary ChairmanMark Emkes
Chairman & CEO, Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.
Bob Russo Heritage Award Wendell Scott

2008

20th Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2008

DateAugust 13, 2008
VenueThe Fillmore Detroit
Master of CeremoniesJim Mueller
Voice of ISC Speedways
Inductees

Michael Andretti

(Open Wheel)

Buddy Baker

(Stock Cars)

John Force

(Drag Racing)

Richie Ginther

(Sports Cars)

Paul Goldsmith

(Historic)

Wayne Rainey

(Motorcycles)

Betty Skelton

(Aviation)

Presenters

Mario Andretti & Marco Andretti

(Michael Andretti)

Humpy Wheeler

(Baker)

Tom Compton

(Force)

E. Forbes-Robinson

(Ginther)

Donald Davidson

(Goldsmith)

Roger Edmondson

(Rainey)

Patty Wagstaff

(Skelton)

Honorary ChairmanJohn Mendel
Executive Vice President–Automobile Operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Bob Russo Heritage Award Carl Haas

2009

21st Annual Induction Ceremony - Class of 2009

DateAugust 12, 2009Photos
VenueThe Fillmore Detroit
Master of CeremoniesJim Mueller
Voice of Michigan International Speedway
Inductees

Kenny Bernstein

(Drag Racing)

David Hobbs

(Sports Cars)

Scott Parker

(Motorcycles)

Les Richter

(At Large)

Al Unser, Jr.

(Open Wheel)

H. A. "Humpy" Wheeler

(Stock Cars)

Joe Weatherly

(Historic)

Presenters

Tom Compton

(Bernstein)

Bob Varsha

(Hobbs)

Willie G. Davidson

(Parker)

Roger Penske

(Richter)

Al Unser, Sr.

(Al Unser, Jr.)

Ken Squier

(Wheeler)

Ned Jarrett

(Weatherly)