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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

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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Terry Labonte - Herb Thomas

Two-Time NASCAR Champions Thomas, Labonte Part of 2017 Inductee Class For Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

  • 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented By Bridgestone on June 28 in Daytona Beach
  • Five Other Racing Luminaries Also to be Inducted

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 23, 2017) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) will induct a pair of two-time NASCAR champions at its 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented By Bridgestone at the Shores Resort and Spa on June 28.

Herb Thomas won his pair of titles in NASCAR's premier series in 1951 and '53. Terry Labonte won his two premier series championships in 1985 and '96.

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Forrest Lucas

Forrest Lucas to Receive Bob Russo Heritage Award At 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone

  • Founder of Lucas Oil Products Honored for Wide-Ranging Support of Motorsports

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 31, 2017) – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced today that Forrest Lucas will receive the Bob Russo Heritage Award at the 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented By Bridgestone on June 28, at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. The award, named in honor of the longtime 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.

Few people have done more to support motorsports at every level in the U.S. than Lucas, the founder of Lucas Oil Products, Inc. Lucas and his wife Charlotte founded the company in 1989. Motorsports became the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy a few years later, an involvement that has extended to sponsorship of race teams, events and series at all levels, from the grassroots to NHRA, NASCAR, AMA Motocross and IndyCar.

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