-- The 26th Annual induction ceremony for the Motorsports
Hall of Fame of America was held at the Fillmore Theatre on August
6, 2014. This is the oscars of Motorsports. As most of you know,
the Motorsports Hall of Fame is moving to Daytona International
Speedway. All motorized competition including the Open Wheel,
stock cars, motorcycles, aviation, drag racing, stock cars and
powerboats are represented at the Hall of Fame. So let's celebrate
the greatest night in Motorsports.
III says "It is an exciting time in our business. I can't
think of a better place to have the Motorsports Hall of Fame.
The future is bright."
The recipients of the Bob Russo Heritage Awaard went to Jim France
and Dr. Don Panoz. Their recognition was in support of sports
car racing with the merger of Grand-Am Road Racing and American
inductees are as follows:
says "To be here tonight is great, among so many peers, not
only to be behind the wheel of a car. Being from the Netherlands,
you can only dream of what America is all about. Then I knew I
wanted to be a race car driver."
Graham, dirt bike rider, has 39 career Grand National victories.
He won seven Sportster Performance national wins. His sister,
Holly, accepted the award for Ricky.
Teague drove the fabulous Hudson Hornet. He competed in 23 NASCAR
Cup races from 1949 to 1952 and won seven. He died in 1959 while
attempting a closed-course speed record in a reconfigured Indy
car at Daytona International Speedway. His daughter, Patty, accepted
boat racer, founded Bardahl Oil Company in 1939. He has been involved
in all forms of racing, most famously unlimited hydroplanes. His
daughter, Evelyn, accepted his award. "My father lived the
American dream. After many years of hard work, his perseverance
paid off. He was a pioneer in sports marketing. By the 60's, I
was appointed racing director," says Evelyn. The "Miss
Bardahl" hydroplane was a six-time national champion and
five-time Gold Cup winner, racing in the United States from 1957
left us two short months ago on June 5. He helped create the U.S.
Road Racing Championship Series for Group 7 sports cars, the Trans
Am Series and the Can-Am Series. Mitch, his son, accepted his
award on his behalf. Mitch says, "Racing is a team sport
and there was a ton of people who helped out."
Beadle, drag racer, was under the weather tonight. His son, Ryan,
was there to accept his award. Beadle's blue max funny cars won
three consecutive NHRA titles from 1979-1981. He also won three
IHRA championships in 1975-1976 and 1981.
Wallace, stock car racer, won more than 200 short track races
before joining the NASCAR circuit. Roger Penske says "In
1980 Rusty came to Penske racing." He won 55 NASCAR races,
and won the 1989 Winston Cup Championship. Rusty says "I'm
honored to be here with all the horsepower in the audience. I
want to thank Roger. He was a mentor in my life." His most
successful season was in 1993 despite two major accidents in which
his car went airborne and flipped several times.
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