NEWS: Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Postpones 32nd Annual Induction Celebration
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2020) - The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Executive Committee voted unanimously to postpone its 32nd Annual Induction Celebration, scheduled for this Monday and Tuesday in Daytona Beach, due to the growing concern over the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Originally scheduled for March 16 - 17, the two-day and four-event induction celebration was set to culminate with Tuesday night's formal MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Firestone at the Shores Resort & Spa in South Daytona.
The 2020 inductee class includes NASCAR's first premier series champion Red Byron (Historic), 7-time AMA Grand National champion Chris Carr (Motorcycles), motorsports publisher, promoter and competitor Floyd Clymer (At Large), IndyCar winner and chief steward Wally Dallenbach (Open Wheel), one of NASCAR's most successful owners Rick Hendrick (Stock Cars), 1979 Can-Am champion and endurance star Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), 1963 Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand American champion Tiny Lund (Historic), 8-time NHRA champion "Ohio George" Montgomery (Drag Racing), and 10-time off-road champion Ivan "Ironman" Stewart (Off Road).
"As racers, we never like to give up," said MSHFA President George Levy, "but especially in the last 24 hours it became clear that postponing was the right thing to do for our inductees and our guests, and as good citizens of the Daytona Beach area. We also want to thank our sponsors and corporate partners for bending over backwards to make this as comfortable as possible for everyone."
The induction celebration will be rescheduled in the future after the concern and contagious nature of the novel coronavirus subsides.
About the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) was founded by Larry G. Ciancio and Ronald A. Watson and conducted its first induction in 1989. Watson spent the next 30 years tirelessly building it into what it is today until his sudden passing in 2019. The original museum in Novi, Mich., relocated to Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2016 and greets more than 100,000 visitors a year. The MSHFA is the only hall of fame that encompasses all of American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, airplanes, off road and powerboats. Its mission is to celebrate and instill the American values of leadership, creativity, originality, teamwork and spirit of competition found in motorsports. The MSHFA is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation, Inc.