Motorsports Hall of Fame of America to Induct Class of 2008 Prestigious
Bob Russo Heritage Award to be
Presented to Carl Haas
NOVI, Mich., Aug. 7, 2008 - The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will
expand its honor roll by seven at its 20th annual Induction Ceremony on
Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at the Fillmore Detroit.
The class of 2008 includes drag racing king John Force (presenter: Tom
Compton), open-wheel racing champion Michael Andretti (presenter: Mario
Andretti), NASCAR great Buddy Baker (presenter: Humpy Wheeler), sports
car champion Richie Ginther (presenter: E. Forbes-Robinson), motorcycle
hero Wayne Rainey (accepting for Mr. Rainey: Roger Edmondson), aerobatic
pilot Betty Skelton (presenter: Patty Wagstaff), and one of America's
most versatile competitors, Paul Goldsmith (presenter: Donald Davidson).
Legendary Indy car team owner Carl Haas will also be recognized as the
ninth recipient of the Bob Russo Heritage Award for his significant
contribution to American motorsports.
The current list of 167 men and women that grace the Hall of Fame roster
includes Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Lee and Richard Petty, Al and Bobby
Unser, Chris Economaki, Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Bill France Jr.,
and Dale Earnhardt, among the historic list of others.
Returning inductees tentatively scheduled to attend include Bobby
Allison, Joe Amato, Chris Economaki, Don Prudhomme, Chris Karamesines,
Connie Kalitta, Mel Kenyon, Bill Seebold, Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins, Leo
Mehl, Buddy Martin, Jim McGee, Herschel McGriff, Danny Ongais, Bill
Simpson, Bobby Unser, Hurley Haywood, Shirley Muldowney, Gary Nixon,
Carroll Resweber, Lyle Shelton and Jay Springsteen.
Current drivers tentatively scheduled to attend include Tony Pedregon,
Ashley Force, Arie Luyendyk, Sarah Fisher, Robert Hight and Johnny
The Fillmore Detroit is located at 2115 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.
Limited black tie balcony seating is still available for $75 a seat. For
more information on available corporate sponsorships contact Ron Watson
Founded in 1989, the Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame is operated by
the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation
Inc. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is a museum housing more
than 40 racing and high-performance vehicles. The constantly changing
collection features racers from the world of Indy cars, stock cars,
Can-Am, Trans-Am, sprint cars, powerboats, truck racing, drag racing,
motorcycles, air racing and even snowmobiles. Among the highlights are
Art Arfons' Green Monster jet car, Kenny Bernstein's Funny Car and the
championship NASCAR stock car driven by Dale Jarrett.
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