Luminaries Align for Hall Of Fame Induction
A legendary lineup of racing luminaries will be on hand next Tuesday, March 17, to honor the Class of 2020 Inductees at the 32nd Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony Presented by Firestone at the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.
This year's honorees include 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 racer Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), 1963 Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand American champion DeWayne "Tiny" Lund (Historic), 8-time NHRA champion "Ohio George" Montgomery (Drag Racing), and 10-time off-road champion Ivan "Ironman" Stewart (Off Road).
Those worthy motorsports figures will be ushered into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America by a constellation of stars who are Hall of Famers already or are on the shortlist of future Hall of Famers, all legends in their own right.
Four-time NASCAR premier series champion and 2019 inductee, Jeff Gordon (MSHFA Class of 2018), will introduce his longtime car owner Hendrick (pictured together above). Chip Ganassi (MSHFA Class of 2016 pictured in collage lower right), one of IndyCar and NASCAR's most successful owners, will introduce Dallenbach. "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, a 1989 inaugural class MSHFA inductee, will present Montgomery for enshrinement.
Ickx will be presented by five-time Le Mans champion and 2012 inductee Derek Bell MBE. Carr will be introduced by noted motorcycle journalist Scott Rousseau. Lund will be presented by NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton Stewart will be introduced by David Wilson, president and general manager of Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
Byron will be presented by NASCAR Archives & Research Center director Herb Branham, and Clymer will be presented by Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles during the Inductee Heritage Luncheon that will take place at the Shores Resort & Spa at noon on Monday, March 16.
"The Motorsports Hall of fame of America is unique in that induction is decided primarily by inductees," said George Levy, president of the MSHFA. "So it is entirely appropriate that we have champions presenting champions - and feel blessed that so many return year after year to be part of the process."
When you combine those luminaries with Honorary Chairman Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, David Hobbs (MSHFA Class of 2009) as master of ceremonies, and other returning inductees, including Tom D'Eath, Hurley Haywood, Scott Parker, Bill Seebold, Tony Stewart, Bob Tullius, Rusty Wallace and Linda Vaughn, the 32nd Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony presented by Firestone promises to be a night to remember.