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Monday, 11 August, 2014 9:39 PM

Rusty Wallace, Jim France honored at 26th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremony

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Former NASCAR Driver Rusty Wallace

 

 

by Jerome Rzucidlo
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DETROIT -- 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.

Joie Chitwood 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 LeMans Series.

The 2014 inductees are as follows:

Arie Luyenduk 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."

Ricky 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.

Marshall 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 his award.

Ole Bardahl, 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 to 1969.

John Bishop 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."

Raymond 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.

Rusty 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.

For more information about the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, visit www.mshf.com.

Related Stories: Ricky Johnson, Ed Pink and Danny Sullivan inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America; Inductee Class of 2012 Announced - Motorsports Hall of Fame of America; Dale Armstrong, Jeremy McGrath and Ken Squier among the inductees at the Motorsports Hall of Fame

 

 

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Official poster

 

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Race cars outside the Fillmore

 

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Attendees and honorees mingling

 

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