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Mario Andretti Named Honorary Chairman For MSHFA 30th Annual Induction Ceremony

Mario Andretti

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2018) – Mario Andretti, one of only two drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, has been named Honorary Chairman for the 30th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone, set for March 13 at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.

Andretti, a 1990 MSHFA inductee, shares the Daytona-Indianapolis honor with A.J. Foyt. Andretti is the only driver to win those two marquee events (Daytona in 1967, Indy in 1969) and the Formula One world championship (1978). Fittingly, Andretti was named Driver of the Century by the Associated Press and RACER magazine in 2000.

It’s also fitting that Andretti serve as Honorary Chairman for this year’s induction ceremony, as two inductees come from the world of IndyCar racing – the late Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl Fisher and former champion car owner Pat Patrick. In addition, another former Daytona 500 champion, Jeff Gordon, will be inducted.

The other honorees: drag racing car builder John Buttera; record-setting pilot – and world-famous billionaire – Howard Hughes; motorcycle great Fred Merkel; and sports car legend Bob Tullius.

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Buttera, Fisher, Gordon, Hughes, Merkel, Patrick, Tullius Announced as 2018 MSHFA Inductees

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2018) – An illustrious seven-man list representing six motorsports disciplines and one iconic racing facility comprise a most unique class of 2018 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) inductees announced today at Daytona International Speedway.

The milestone 30th Annual Induction Ceremony presented by Bridgestone is set for Tuesday, March 13 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. Honorees include drag racing car builder John Buttera, Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl G. Fisher, four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, record-setting pilot – and world-famous billionaire – Howard Hughes, motorcycle great Fred Merkel, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion owner U.E. Pat Patrick and sports car legend Bob Tullius.

“Our inductee classes are always intriguing but this year is even more so,” said MSHFA President Ron Watson. “Howard Hughes and Jeff Gordon in the same class – that is probably the best example we’ve ever had to illustrate the breadth of our inductee roll.”

The MSHFA, which in recent years has hosted its induction in July, has moved the date for this year’s ceremony. The switch puts the induction amid a bevy of March motorsports activity in Florida. The IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance, the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, the 12 Hours of Sebring, plus the AMA DAYTONA Supercross, American Flat Track’s DAYTONA TT and the DAYTONA 200, as well as Bike Week in Daytona Beach, will all take place in a 10-day period that includes the MSHFA induction.

“This gives us great synergy, calendar-wise, with various motorsports series and events,” Watson said.

The induction ceremony will be preceded on March 12 by the annual “Heroes of Horsepower” Reception and Dinner at the MSHFA Museum, located in the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours facility.

Tickets for all 30th annual MSHFA induction activities can be purchased by calling 386.681.6843 or visiting the MSHFA website at www.mshf.com.

More information on the 2018 MSHFA inductees follows:

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SAVE THE NEW DATES: MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA MOVES 2018 INDUCTION ACTIVITIES TO MARCH 12-13

Induction March 12-13

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2017) – The landmark 30th annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The ceremony will be preceded on March 12 by the annual “Heroes of Horsepower” Reception and Dinner at the MSHFA Museum, located in the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours facility. Both MSHFA events were previously held in July.

“These new dates align our activities with the excitement of Bike Week (March 10-17) in Daytona Beach and a number of other major motorsports events happening in Florida during that time,” said MSHFA President Ron Watson.

“March is magical in Florida. During a 10-day period, in addition to Bike Week – which includes the DAYTONA Supercross, DAYTONA TT and the historic DAYTONA 200 races at the speedway – you have Indy Cars in St. Petersburg, the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, the 12 Hours of Sebring plus the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. With our hall of fame structured to honor all forms of American motorsports, we feel like these new dates are a perfect fit. We hope to have individuals involved in all of those events attend our 30th annual induction activities.”

Tickets for all of the 30th annual MSHFA induction activities can be purchased by calling 386.681.6843 or through the MSHFA website at www.mshf.com.

Hurry! Stars-N-Stripes Corvette Leaves Soon

Whelen DP Corvette

Constant flow of new attractions makes MSHFA Museum must-see viewing when in Daytona.

The spectacular Stars-and-Stripes 2016 IMSA champion Corvette Daytona Prototype will be leaving the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Museum at Daytona International Speedway on November 8th to make way for several new, history-making vehicles, so make sure you come see it before it’s gone. 

Competing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the 200 MPH Whelen Engineering entry features a Coyote chassis and mid-mounted 600 horsepower Chevy LS7 motor built by NASCAR’s ECR Engines. The stars-and-stripes paint scheme was added for the 2016 July 4th weekend event at Watkins Glen and remained on the car the rest of its history-making season.

“We want to make sure fans see new and different Hall of Fame-caliber vehicles every time they come to our Museum,” says Motorsports Hall of Fame of America President Ron Watson, “so the beautiful Whelen Engineering Corvette that Dane Cameron and Eric Curran drove so successfully will be replaced by yet another history-making racing vehicle.”

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Motorsports Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2017

MSHFA Class of 2017

For the 29th time in its glorious history, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, now relocated from suburban Detroit to Daytona International Speedway, has recognized the careers and achievements of some of America’s greatest racers, racers from NASCAR, road racing, motorcycles, World of Outlaws, drag racing, journalism and the sponsorship side of things.

The evening at The Shores Resort in Daytona Beach, just up the road from the Streamline Hotel where NASCAR was founded in 1948, started off with remarks from the always affable and dapper David Hobbs, emcee for the evening, and then the 2017 honorary chairman, NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, who spent some time praising his hero, 2017 inductee Terry Labonte, The Iron Man.

Forrest Lucas, was presented with the prestigious Bob Russo award, named for the legendary racing publicist and PR person, for his never-ending support of nearly all forms of American racing with direct monetary sponsorships in boat racing, NASCAR, NHRA drag racing, motorcycles, dirt track racing, etc.  The founder/owner of Lucas Oil in Indianapolis and sponsor of that city’s Lucas Oil Stadium for NFL football, gave the longest speech of the night.  He was presented by British boat racer Nigel Hook.

From NASCAR’s early history came inductee Herb Thomas, who won his pair of titles in NASCAR in 1951 and 1953. Co-inductee Terry Labonte won his two premier series championships in 1985 and ’96.  Thomas was presented for induction by NASCAR vice chairman Mike Helton.

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2017 MSHFA Induction

Seven For ‘17: Kinser, Klamfoth, Labonte, Murphy, Pruett, Thomas, Yates To Be Inducted Into Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America On Wednesday Night

  • 29th Annual Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone at Shores Resort & Spa
  • DAYTONA 500 Champion Kurt Busch to Serve as Honorary MSHFA Chairman
  • Tuesday 'Heroes Of Horsepower' Reception in Hall's Home at Daytona International Speedway
  • Tuesday Inductee Luncheon Presented by Chevrolet at Chevrolet Daytona Experience
  • Wednesday Inductee Breakfast Presented by Toyota in DIS' Rolex 24 Lounge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 26, 2017) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) is being showcased this week with a series of events capped by Wednesday night's 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone, at The Shores Resort & Spa.

Wednesday marks the second induction ceremony in Daytona Beach for the MSHFA, which relocated last summer to Daytona International Speedway (DIS) from Novi, Michigan. Reigning DAYTONA 500 champion Kurt Busch will be the black-tie affair's keynote speaker, serving as the Honorary Chairman of MSHFA for the evening. Former road racing great and past inductee David Hobbs will return as the master of ceremonies.

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