DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 27, 2018) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA), still basking in the success of its milestone 30th Annual Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone, is approaching the rest of the year riding considerable momentum with support from the motorsports industry, the Daytona Beach area and the media.
The March 13 ceremony, held for the third consecutive year at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach – but for the first time, in the spring – attracted a near-capacity crowd which witnessed the expansion of the MSHFA inductee list to 244. The ceremony started and ended in style – the incomparable Mario Andretti, a 1990 MSHFA inductee, gave the evening’s keynote address as the Hall’s Honorary Chairman; four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was the seventh and final inductee and gave an enthusiastic acceptance speech, noting that “getting to sit next to Mario Andretti” at the head table during the night was a special thrill.
“The whole evening was a thrill,” said MSHFA President Ron Watson, talking about the program that also inducted drag racing car builder John Buttera, Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl Fisher, aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, motorcycle great Fred Merkel, legendary IndyCar team owner U.E. “Pat” Patrick and sports car great Bob Tullius.
The MSHFA induction committee is recommending to the organization’s board of directors that the 2019 induction ceremony events will be held on March 11-12, with the ceremony itself on March 12 at a site still to be determined. The induction ceremony has been held in Daytona Beach since 2016 following the hall’s relocation from Novi, Michigan.