Awards

THE RRDC MARK DONOHUE AWARD

283-donohue-02Each year since 1971, the Road Racing Drivers Club has honored the one driver in the annual SCCA National Championship Runoffs who RRDC members feel exhibited the outstanding performance of the weekend in terms of personal spirit and performance behind the wheel.

Winning the Donohue Award comes with automatic regular membership in the RRDC. It is not necessary to be a Runoffs champion to win the award.

The award is named for RRDC member and former president Mark Donohue, who won his first National Championship in the SCCA E Production class in 1961 and went on to become one of the USA’s greatest racing drivers.

Mark won the Indy-500, the Can-Am Championship, multiple Trans-Am Championships, and the IROC Championship.

Mark Donohue Award Winners

1971–Larry Campbell 1994–Allen May
1972–David Weitzenhof 1995–Tom Van Camp
1973–Gary Rodrigues 1996–Jacques Lazier
1974–Bill Jobe 1997–Pete Peterson
1975–Dan Pohlabel 1999–Warren Stilwell
1976–Damon Pleasant 2000–Andy McDermid
1977–Tom Robertson 2001–David Finch
1978–Mike Mokler 2002–Justin Pritchard
1979–Bill Coykendall 2003–Mike Andersen
1980–Dennis Wilson 2004–John Saurino
1981–Don Courtney 2005–Kris Skavnes
1982–Bob Lobenberg 2006–Jesse Prather
1983–Hardy Prentice 2007–Brian Linn
1984–Doug Peterson 2008–Chris Keller
1985–Scott Atchison 2009–Michael Varacins
1986–Louis Rettenmeier 2010–Peter Shadowen
1987–Duane Davis 2011–Kevin Fandozzi
1988–Paul Spruell 2012–Cliff White
1989–Bill Noble 2013–Lawrence Loshak
1990–Keith Scharf 2014 – Jeremy Grenier
1991–Richard Schroebel 2015 – Calvin Stewart
1992–Steven Davis 2016 – Neil Verhagen
1993–Greg Ray 2017 –

THE BOB AKIN MEMORIAL MOTORSPORTS AWARD

351-akinThe Bob Akin Award honors the person who best exemplifies the very best in sportsmanship and tradition in road racing – characteristics for which Bob was universally respected. It is the highest honor available to amateur and semi-professional competitors, recognizing both success on the track and contributions to the sport.

Bob was a highly successful businessman, Porsche team owner and driver, vintage racer, as well as a former RRDC President.

He co-drove to 1979 and 1986 overall wins in the famed 12-Hours of Sebring, and also raced in the 24-Hours of Le Mans six times – finishing 4th in 1986.

The Bob Akin Memorial Motorsports Award consists of a permanent Steuben glass trophy, inscribed with the name and year of award of each recipient, and permanently displayed at the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen.

Bob Akin Award Winners

2003–Sam Posey 2010–Augie Pabst
2004–Charlie Gibson 2011–Don Knowles
2005–John Fitch 2012–Miles Collier
2006–Jim Haynes 2013–Peter Sachs
2007–Cameron Argetsinger 2014 – Bill Warner
2008–Jim Downing 2015 – Judy Stropus
2009–Steve Earle 2016 – Murray Smith

THE PHIL HILL AWARD

385-ph 2Each year, The Phil Hill Award is presented to the person who the RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body.

The award is named in honor of America’s first Formula One World Champion and is not only a tribute to his masterful accomplishments on the race track – it also recognizes his contributions as a great ambassador for the sport.

The Phil Hill Award is presented at the annual RRDC dinner prior to the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona race.

Phil Hill Award Winners

1993–John Bishop 2005–Jim France
1994–Juan Manuel Fangio II 2006–Roger Werner
1995–Leo Mehl 2007–Skip Barber
1996–Charlie Slater 2008–Roger Penske
1997–Danny Sullivan 2009–Bob Bondurant
1998–Rob Dyson 2010–Nick Craw
1999–Bob Fergus 2011–Rick Mears
2000–Elliott Forbes Robinson 2012–George Follmer
2001–Bill France 2013–Peter Brock
2002–Jim Downing 2014–Hurley Haywood
2003–Derek Bell 2015 – Scott Pruett
2004–Brian Redman 2016 – Chip Ganassi