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Bardahl, Beadle, Bishop, Graham, Luyendyk, Teague and Wallace headline ‘14 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction ceremony

January 24, 2014 - The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will induct its 26th class of racing legends Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Detroit's historic Fillmore Theater. Those being honored include Ole Bardahl, Raymond Beadle, John Bishop, Ricky Graham, Arie Luyendyk, Marshall Teague and Rusty Wallace.

2014 MSHFA Class

"Once again, the depth and breadth of American motorsports is reflected in the 2014 class of inductees," says Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is racing's Cooperstown, memorializing achievement in all forms of motorized competition. Over the years, 209 motorsports luminaries have been inducted. The 99-person nominating panel itself reads like a who's who of racing, including names like Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Craig Breedlove and Richard Petty.

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Hall of Fame 2014 Class to be announced January 24 at Daytona

Finalists for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2014 class have been determined. The Hall will unveil its seven new members on Friday, January 24 at Daytona International Speedway prior to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The racing legends will join the Hall of Fame during the 26th Annual Induction Ceremony on August 6, 2014 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit.

2014 Open Wheel nomineesIn the Open Wheel category, the nominees are veteran driver and official Wally Dallenbach, nine-time Indycar Series winning owner Chip Ganassi, championship owner Carl Haas, innovative designer and safety pioneer Ted Halibrand, two-time Indy 500 winner "The Flying Dutchman" Arie Luyendyk and three-time Indy winning owner Pat Patrick.

Quarter-milers on the ballot are "Blue Max" owner/driver Raymond Beadle, Mercury's racing boss Fran Hernandez, six-time NHRA Pro Stock Champion Warren Johnson, golden-voiced announcer Dave McClelland, pioneer Paula Murphy and one of the first Funny Car drivers Gene Snow.

2014 Motorcycle nomineesThe two-wheel set is represented on the ballot by fifteen-time AMA Grand National race winner Everett Brashear, off-road great Dick Burleson, ten-time Motocross champ Ricky Carmichael, three-time AMA flat track king Ricky Graham, three-time Daytona 200 winner Dick Klamfoth and two-time world Superbike champion Fred Merkel.

The ballot for the Stock Car inductee features the youngest member of the "Alabama Gang," Davey Allison and championship owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Jack Roush. NASCAR Cup champions Terry Labonte and Rusty Wallace are also up for consideration.

The At Large category is for boaters only in 2014. The nominees are accomplished racer and builder Donald Aronow, owner and promoter extraordinaire Ole Bardahl, winningest crew chief of the turbine era Ron Brown, championship racer and co-founder of the APBA Historical Society Buddy Byers, Jr., 3-time world champ Tom Gentry and ten-time Gold Cup winner Dave Villwock.

2014 Historic nomineesIn the Historic category, voters will decide between NASCAR's first champion Red Byron, land speed record holder John Cobb, Brickyard's first president Carl G. Fisher, 1963 Daytona 500 winner Tiny Lund, mechanic and builder Ray Nichels, midget and sprint car king Bob Sweikert and stock car champ Marshall Teague.

Sports Car contenders who made the ballot are IMSA founder John Bishop, four-time Trans Am champ Tommy Kendall, racer and broadcaster Sam Posey, Scarab's designer and builder Phil Remington, Chaparral driver and team manager Hap Sharp and driver/founder of the legendary "Group 44" teams Bob Tullius.

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Lackey, Moore, Zanardi, Chrisman, Firestone, Gregory and Petersen inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

2013 MSHFA Honorees - 1st row: Bud Moore, Bob Riley, Brad Lackey and Alex Zanardi.  2nd row: Riddelle Gregory (for Masten Gregory), GiGi Carleton (for Robert E. Petersen), Steve Chrisman (for Jack Chrisman) and Nick Firestone (for Harvey Firestone).

DETROIT (August 22, 2013) – An illustrious and enthusiastic gathering of family, friends, race fans and motorsports legends and insiders came together in downtown Detroit last night, Wednesday, August 21, to usher in an equally impressive group of Silver Anniversary 2013 inductees at the 25th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony at the historic Fillmore Theater.

The accomplished 2013 Silver Anniversary class included event attendees Brad Lackey (Motorcycles), Bud Moore (Stock Cars), Alex Zanardi (Open Wheel) and Bob Riley (Heritage Award), as well as friends, family members and colleagues that fittingly memorialized in presenting or accepting the honors for posthumous inductees Jack Chrisman (Drag Racing), Harvey Firestone (Historic), Masten Gregory (Sports Cars) and Robert E. Petersen (At Large).

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Ralph Gilles named Honorary Chairman for 25th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony

DETROIT (May 31, 2013) – Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC and Senior Vice President – Product Design, Chrysler Group LLC, has been named Honorary Chairman for the 25th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony at the Fillmore Theatre in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.

Gilles picAs Honorary Chairman, Gilles will deliver the evening's keynote address at the black-tie ceremony prior to the induction of the Silver Anniversary class into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. This year's class includes Jack Chrisman, Harvey Firestone, Masten Gregory, Brad Lackey, Bud Moore, Robert E. Petersen and Alex Zanardi.

Bob Riley, chassis constructor and technology innovator, will receive the prestigious Bob Russo Motorsports Heritage Award during the ceremonies for his numerous contributions to racing.

"To be part of a ceremony recognizing the achievements of these icons of motorsports is an honor," said Gilles. "Add in the fact it's the Silver Anniversary Induction Ceremony of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will make the event even more memorable.

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Chrisman, Firestone, Gregory, Lackey, Moore, Petersen, Zanardi to be Inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at Silver Anniversary Induction Ceremony

DETROIT – Racing and motorsports industry legends Jack Chrisman, Harvey Firestone, Masten Gregory, Brad Lackey, Bud Moore, Robert E. Petersen and Alex Zanardi will be this year's Silver Anniversary inductees into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at the organization's 25th Annual Induction Ceremony that will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit.

25th Logo low res"There is no better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary than with an induction class that showcases a true variety of American motorsports with an international flair," said Ron Watson, President of the Motorsports Hall of Fame.  "This year's Silver Anniversary group features a champion rider and drivers, a title-winning team owner, a legendary publisher and an industrial giant whose name still graces racing tires today."

The Silver Anniversary celebration will also see chassis constructor and technology innovator Bob Riley receive the Hall's Bob Russo Motorsports Heritage Award for his numerous contributions to racing.

The eight honorees combined account for countless race wins and numerous North American and World Championships in IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA, AMA, motocross and sports car racing and victories in such legendary races as the Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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Friends, Family, Fellow Legends and Industry Insiders Usher 2012 Inductees into Hall of Fame


DETROIT (August 30, 2012) – A strong and energetic contingent of friends, family, fellow legends and motorsports and automotive industry insiders converged in downtown Detroit Wednesday night to usher an illustrious group of seven motorsports icons representing the Class of 2012 into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at the organization's 24th Annual Induction Ceremony at the historic Fillmore Theater.
2012 InducteesThe accomplished Class of 2012 includes event attendees Ed Pink (Drag Racing), Derek Bell (Sports Cars) and Ricky Johnson (Motorcycles) who were joined by friends and family members that touchingly memorialized and enshrined deceased inductees Pop Dreyer (Historic), Neil Bonnett (Stock Cars) and Vic Edelbrock, Sr. (At Large).  Inductee Danny Sullivan (Indy Cars) was forced to miss the event after an unexpected schedule change kept him in England on a television shoot, but he was capably represented by AutoWeek Editor and Associate Publisher Dutch Mandel who both inducted and accepted the honor for his friend and the 1985 Indianapolis 500 winner.

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