Pruett and Castroneves named honorary chairs of Motorsport Hall of Fame ceremony
NHRA drag racer Leah Pruett and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will be honorary chairs of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction ceremonies this fall in Pontiac, Michigan.
Meyer Shank Racing’s Castroneves will serve in the role for the 2020 Class induction on September 27 and eight-time NHRA Top Fuel winner Pruett from Don Schumacher Racing will be the honorary chairman of the induction ceremony for the Class 2021 on September 29.
âThey are called honorary presidents,â said MSHFA president George Levy, âbut it is really we who are honored to have them take the time out of their running program to address these two great groups of people. inductees and hundreds of special guests who will be in attendance. .
Castroneves, who was scheduled to preside over last year’s induction ceremony, will finally be able to help celebrate this class’s long-awaited induction celebration.
âIt is a tremendous honor to be invited to be the Honorary President,â said Castroneves. âWhen you look through the names of this prestigious fraternity, it is astounding to think of the combined talent represented. There are many members of this room who have had a huge impact on my career, and neither has Roger Penske (MSHFA class of 1995). I hope to join them in the room one day. It will be a great night for motorsport, and I am grateful for the opportunity.
As Honorary Chair of the Class of 21, Pruett will help welcome inductees Davey Allison, John Cobb, Larry Dixon, Jr., Janet Guthrie, Nicky Hayden, Robin Miller, Fran Muncey, Ray Nichels and Judy Stropus.
The MSHFA class of 2020 includes first-ever NASCAR champion Robert âRedâ Byron, Chris Carr, Floyd Clymer, Wally Dallenbach, Sr., Rick Hendrick, Tiny Lund, Jacky Ickx, George Montgomery and Ivan Stewart.
âIt is an incredible honor to be chosen as Honorary President of the 2021 Class of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, especially this year since three of the nine inductees are women, the tallest of all the classes in the history of the Hall, âsaid Pruett. âThese women have helped break down barriers and pave the way for other women, like me, to have the opportunity to compete on an equal footing.
âThe women who came before me helped redefine the way women were viewed in motorsport, and my goal is to contribute to their legacy and make all of the 2021 inductees proud. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be surrounded by such greatness. , and everyone who will be inducted that night is a true legend in our industry.
The 2020 and 2021 induction ceremonies are open to the public, but tickets must be purchased in advance. To reserve yours, visit the MSHFA at www.mshf.com.
âWe thought it would be great for a current generation racer, a winner at the highest level, to put into perspective the more than 250 participants from across the sport, representing drag races, stock car races, sports car racing, motorcycle racing. , and more, how she benefited from those that came before her and the challenges that remain for each competitor to be allowed to compete solely on the basis of their abilities as runners, âsaid MSHFA President Levy , about how Pruett was selected to become the 2021 Honorary President.
The original museum in Novi, Michigan moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2016 and attracts over 100,000 visitors a year. MSHFA is managed by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and the Hall of Fame of America Foundation, Inc.
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