NEWS: Firestone Returns as 2020 MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presenting Sponsor


Gala Returns to The Shores Resort and Spa for Fifth Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 17, 2019) - The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced today that the Firestone brand of Bridgestone Americas will serve as presenting sponsor of its 32nd annual induction ceremony on Tuesday, March 17 at the Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach.

The 2020 event marks the fifth year that the MSHFA conducts its annual induction in Daytona Beach after a 27-year run based in Novi, Mich.

"Since Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 on Firestone tires, the brand has been closely associated with motorsports at every level," said Lisa Boggs, Director of Motorsports for Bridgestone Americas. "Since the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America recognizes achievement in every racing category, in most of which Firestone has participated, we're proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year's induction ceremony."

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America honors achievement in all forms of motorized competition, with a total of 251 inductees thus far.

"It is very appropriate for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America to be associated with a brand like Firestone, which is a name synonymous with the past, present and future of racing," said Ron Watson, President of the MSHFA.

The Class of 2020 includes NASCAR's first-ever champion Robert "Red" Byron (Historic), flat track impresario Chris Carr (Motorcycles), early motorcycle racer, promoter and publisher Floyd Clymer (At Large), driver, official and safety advocate Wally Dallenbach, Sr. (Open Wheel), Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR's most successful owners (Stock Cars), Daytona 500 champion Tiny Lund (Historic), Can-Am and Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), quarter-mile racing legend "Ohio George" Montgomery (Drag Racing) and Baja 500 and 1,000 and SCORE World Champion Ivan "Ironman" Stewart (Off-Road Racing).

For more information, visit the MSHFA at or call (386) 681-6843.

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is open seven days a week and is located at the Daytona International Speedway (DIS) Ticket and Tours Building on International Speedway Boulevard, just outside of DIS NASCAR Turn 4.

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is on Instagram and Twitter at @MotorsportsHOF and Facebook at

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) conducted its first induction ceremony in 1989; the facility was located in Novi, Mich., from 1989 through 2015 and relocated to Daytona Beach, Fla, in 2016. The MSHFA is the only hall of fame that encompasses the full spectrum of American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, off-road, powerboats and airplanes. The overriding mission of the MSHFA is to celebrate and instill the American core values of leadership, creativity, originality, teamwork and spirit of competition embodied in motorsports. The MSHFA is operated by the non-profit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation, Inc. Learn more at

Firestone Racing: The Firestone brand has participated in world-class motorsports events for more than a century, and racing has played an integral role in building and shaping Firestone into the time-tested, iconic brand it is today. Harvey Firestone, the brand's founder and a pioneer of sports marketing, was one of the first to use racing as the ultimate proving ground for his tires. Ever since Ray Harroun's Firestone-equipped Marmon Wasp won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911, Firestone has worked to constantly evolve and advance race tire technology. Overall, Firestone tires have carried the winner of the Indy 500 to victory circle 70 times - more than double all other tire manufacturers combined. Firestone has served as IndyCar's sole tire supplier since 2000, and the brand's on-track success translates to durable, dependable performance and uncompromising quality on the open road.