ROAD RACING DRIVERS CLUB
Regular Members – Racing drivers who have participated successfully in major professional events, i.e. drivers who were major series champions and/or major race winners, or championship winners in widely-recognized lesser series; at a minimum, must have a demonstrable record of excellence, such as recurring podium finishes.
Associate Members – Racing drivers who have participated successfully in major professional events, but not at the championship level, or who have participated successfully mainly in lesser and/or historic events, or those who have significant ties to racing, such as corporate, sponsorship, mentoring, patronage and promotion of the sport generally.
Honorary Members – Distinguished senior international motorsports champions, team owners and those others who have demonstrated a passionate, life-long commitment in support of racing through active volunteerism, officiating and/or promotion of the sport generally. Honorary Members shall have full Club privileges, including the right to vote, but shall not be required to pay Club dues or assessments.
DENNIS AASE Anaheim, CA
One of America’s premier production car racers. Starting in Porsche 911s, Aase was a winner not only in the Sports Car Club of America’s National Championship arena, but also in the International Motorsports Association’s tough Camel GTU category. In the 1980’s Aase was hired by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers for AAR’s Toyota IMSA GTU and GTO programs, where again he was a consistent winner. Now retired as a driver, Aase remains involved in the sport as a team owner and a consultant.
BILL ADAM Miami, FL
Started his career in sports cars as a privateer - winning a Canadian championship before being hired professionally by the Group 44 race team in 1980. Co-drove with Bob Tullius in the Triumph TR-8 in the IMSA series and had victories at the Sebring 12 Hour endurance race, Road Atlanta, Mosport, and Road America. Drove the Prototype Jaguar GTP racer to four IMSA victories…Recently Adam has been racing an Audi R8 in the Historic Sports car Racing series, winning the Daytona WSC Enduro race in November 2005. Works as a television broadcaster covering major sports car racing.
TONY ADAMOWICZ Costa Mesa, CA
Tony A-to-Z has to lead off our RRDC biographies....he began his racing career as a winner in a Volvo 544 at Marlboro, Md. … Before he retired from professional racing, he had notched two class wins in the Rolex 24 At Daytona (1969, ’79); a class win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1972; a historic class win in the first-ever SCCA Trans-Am Championship series at Sebring in 1966; and the 1969 SCCA F/5000 series championship. His list of career race wins includes the 1966 Marlboro 12-hour Trans-Am, 68-69 season Trans-Am wins at Lime Rock (2), Meadowdale, Bridgehampton, St. Jovite, Watkins Glen and Bryar; F/5000 at Kent and Road America in 1969; and IMSA GTO/GTU class wins at Daytona, Riverside, Road America (2), Mid-Ohio, Brainerd, Sears Point, and Portland … He also won a non-championship 12-hour race in Quito, Ecuador in 1971 in a Ferrari 512 … Tony’s unique personality was enhanced in 1971 when he, Oscar Koveleski and Brad Nemecek formed the Polish Racing Drivers of America and drove a Chevy motor home to a second place overall in the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, finishing only 20 minutes behind winners Dan Gurney and Brock Yates in a Ferrari Daytona.
WARREN AGOR Rochester, NY
Warren graduated from Cornell University, was a captain in the US Army, and then worked for Roger Penske's racing team as a mechanic and fluids specialist. He then became a stockbroker, but he absolutely hated it, and left his job very soon. In 1968 he formed Agor Racing Enterprises and went on to become a top driver in the Trans-Am – finishing fourth in the 1972 Series Championship.
ROBERT AKIN IV Los Angeles, CA
Bobby Akin is a television and advertising executive and son of the late Bob Akin, former president of the RRDC. Bobby commissioned Steuben Glass to create the Bob Akin Memorial Motorsports Award for the RRDC to honor his father. Each year young Akin, Brian Redman and Archie Urciuoli choose a recipient who best mirrors the character of his father, including a passion for motorsports and automobiles, a high level of sportsmanship and fair play and who has contributed to the sport of motor racing.
GEORGE ALDERMAN Hockessin, DE
Began racing in 1956 with an ex-Formula 3 Cooper-Jap. SCCA Formula 3 National Champion in a Cooper-Norton in 1960; and Formula Libre Runoffs champion in 1964 in a Cooper-Alfa. Ran several SCCA pro series in the mid-60s including the USRRC, Trans-Am and Can-Am and in Trans-Am Two-Five Challenge in the early '70s. In '71 and '74, Alderman won the IMSA Baby Grand championship with a Datsun 510 and an AMC Gremlin respectively. He competed successfully in IMSA's GT, GTO and GTU categories from '71 through '89. Was overall winner of the '92 Longest Day of Nelson round-the-clocker co-driving a Caterham S-7.
AJ ALLMENDINGER Huntersville NC
Most recently in the Phoenix Racing NASCAR stable, AJ Allmendinger has shown skill and versatility from the moment he first slipped into a quarter-midget. He soon graduated to karts where he captured two IKF Championships. At 20, AJ ran a few races over the winter in the New Zealand Formula Ford Series, then finished out the 2002 season in the Barber-Dodge Pro Series, winning the championship. The next year Allmendinger drove a Formula Atlantic car for RuSport, winning seven of 12 races and dominating the championship. In 2004, RuSport joined the Champ Car World Series with its new driver taking Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Despite eight podium finishes with RuSport, Allmendinger did not score a victory until joining Forsythe a third of the way into the 2006 season. He then proceeded to win five of the final nine races of the season, all on road courses. He is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory. He scored a victory in the 2012 Daytona 24 for Mike Shank and was third in 2013.
BILL ALSUP Durango, CO
Veteran open-wheel racer who won dual 1978 championships with the SCCA VW Golf Cup for Super Vees, and the USAC Mini-Indy series for the same cars , Switched to CART in 1979-84, finished second in the 1991 PPG Championship and 11th at Indianapolis 500 . Returned to road racing in 1985 and won the IMSA Camel Lights class at Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca.
MARCOS AMBROSE Concord, NC
ROBERT AMES Portland, OR
First licensed as a driver in 1958. 50 years plus holder of SCCA National license or better. Active in the founding of Portland International Raceway and closely involved in bringing professional racing to the facility beginning in the mid 60's. Active as a member of the CART promoters committee and with IMSA and Trans Am promotion at PIR. Pebble Beach Cup winner at first Monterey Historics and driver at first Goodwood Revival. Lots of historic racing US and UK in recent years. Now back to regional racing in a Sports 2000 at an advanced age!
Started racing in 1962 with Fiat Abarth Zagato. Raced in Runoffs for 20 years . Raced Porsches and Camaros in IMSA Endurance series . Member of SCCA Board of Governors for eight years and President of Road Racing Drivers Club for six years. Ammen was the 1980 recipient of the prestigious SCCA Woolf Barnato Award.
JOHN ANDRETTI Mooresville, NC
Only RRDC member who successfully made the leap from a solid road racing background to NASCAR wins, stopping along the way to excel in both CART and NHRA drag racing. Picked up his first Nextel Cup win at Daytona’s Pepsi 400 in 1997, then added a 1999 Martinsville win. Began racing go karts at age 11 . USAC Midget Rookie of the Year in 1983. Tuned his abilities in IMSA road racing with BMW in 1986. Won 3 Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship races at Watkins Glen, Road America and Riverside, and a Camel GTP race at The Glen . Raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1988 with Mario and cousin Michael. Made CART debut in 1987, and Indy 500 debut in 1988 . First CART win came in 1991 in Australia , fifth in 1991 Indy 500 . Turned to 300mph Top Fuel drag racing in 1993 and reached semifinals in his first try. Joined NASCAR in 1993 with Billy Hagan, then to Michael Kranefuss and Cale Yarborough-owned teams for 1995-97, winning the July race at Daytona in '97. Hired by Petty Enterprises in 1998. In 2013 at age 49, Andretti is currently between rides.
MARCO ANDRETTI Nazareth, PA
Top competitor in the Indy Car Series since 2006. Was the Indianapoils-500 “Rookie of the Year” in 2006…also won IRL Series “Rookie of the Year” honors. Scored his first Indy Car win at Sonoma in 2006. Began racing karts winning championships at Oakland Valley Raceway in NY. Moved up to the Barber Dodge Series in 2003 – winning the Series National Championship a year later. Finished fifth in the Star Mazda Series…also entered six Indy Lights races – winning three. Currently driving for his father Michael at Andretti Autosports.
MARIO ANDRETTI Nazareth, PA
Mario is perhaps the greatest American driver in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to win races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sports Car Championship and NASCAR He also won races in midget cars, sprint cars and drag racing. During his career, Andretti won the Indy 500, four IndyCar titles, the 1978 Formula One World Championship and IROC VI. To date, he remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 ('67) and the Formula One World Championship; and, only one of two drivers (with Montoya) to have won a race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Formula One, and an Indianapolis 500. He was the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades ('67, '78 and '84). He is also one of only three drivers to win races on road courses, paved ovals and dirt tracks in one season, a feat that he accomplished four times. The senior Andretti is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America ('90) and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame ('00)
MICHAEL ANDRETTI Nazareth, PA
Rolled up 42 wins in his Indy Car career. Won the CART Series Championship in 1991. Dogged by bad luck in the Indy 500, his best finishes were second and third despite leading perhaps the most laps of any driver of his era. Finished third at LeMans in 1983 co-driving with father Mario. Took a brief fling at F1 in 1993 driving as Ayrton Senna’s teammate at McLaren – his best finish was a third at Monza. Began racing Formula Fords, moved up to Super Vee and won the Series Championship. He followed that with the Formula Atlantic Championship a year later. Now retired from driving, he is CEO of the Andretti Autosport Indy Car team for which his son Marco drives. He joined his father in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in '08.
JOE AQUILANTE Chester Springs, PA
Joe has spent many an hour behind the wheel since 1978, but his outside-of-racing business acumen is what made him successful, as the owner of the Phoenix Motorsports fleets of Camaros, Firebirds, Subarus and Corvettes in 20 years of IMSA Endurance and SCCA Club Racing programs Personally, Joe has been an SCCA Northeast Division champion three times and been to the Runoffs 12 times... at Pocono alone, he's won 50 races sine 1980 in 10 different cars ranging from a Chevy Monza to a C5 Corvette ... His Subaru program in Grand-Am KONI Challenge racing debuted in 2006, with RRDC members Chuck Hemmingson and Kris Skavnes winning twice.
BOBBY ARCHER Roanoke, TX
Made his mark in racing cars based on production models, starting with seven Ice Racing championships 1972 and 1987 in Renaults and Chevy Spectrums . Won a Runoffs National Championship in 1980 with a Renault LeCar in the GT 4 class . Turned to Corvettes to win the SCCA Escort Endurance Championship GT category in 1986-87 . World Challenge series Class A titlist in 1989 and 1990 with an Eagle Talon, then 1998 with a Dodge Viper. Two-time winner (1989-90) at the Longest Day 24-hour race in a Corvette.
TOMMY ARCHER Duluth, MN
Tommy was the 1992 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year and the 2004 Speed GT Drivers’ Champion. Began racing in 1970 in Autocross. Qualified on the pole in 1975 for the SCCA Runoffs. Won seven of sixteen races in the 1984 IMSA Champion Spark Plug Series to claim the championship. Racing with brother Bobby, he won eleven SCCA World Challenge Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships in the 1990’s. Raced for the Dodge Viper factory team in the ALMS scoring two GTS victories. Enjoys nachos and listening to rock music
PETER ARGETSINGER Sebring, FL
DAVE ARNOLD Big Flats, NY
In 1965, at his first daily newspaper job in Dover, Ohio, Dave wrote a weekly column on auto racing. He was soon lured by the Dover newspaper's sister paper in Mansfield, Ohio where his managing editor wanted expanded coverage of Mid-Ohio's races. He left the newspaper in 1970 to accept the Public Relations position at Mid-Ohio, where he stayed until he was hired by Firestone Racing in 1984 to handle the media relations for the new Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship. He followed that series and its successors until the end of Street Stock racing in 2000. He has covered almost 500 races in his career, including more than 25 working trips to the SCCA Runoffs between 1969-2007.
SCOTT ATHERTON Braselton, GA
Scott is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Panoz Motor Sports Group which includes the American Le Mans Series, Road Atlanta, Sebring International Raceway, Mosport International Raceway, Elan Technologies and International Motor Sports Association. He also serves on the board of directors for Panoz Auto Development – builder of the Panoz Esperante sports car – and is active with ACCUS and the ALMS. Motorsports. Initially, he was active as a go-kart racer and amateur Formula Ford competitor. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1983 with a degree in marketing, his first professional job in motorsports involved working with the Domino’s Pizza CART racing team (Doug Shierson Racing and driver Al Unser Jr.). After nine years with Domino’s, Atherton was selected to become General Manager of Laguna Seca Raceway in 1993.
BILL AUBERLEN Redondo Beach, CA
Bill has been one the most successful sports car drivers in recent years. He joined with BMW Team PTG in 1996 after a very successful privateer effort. In 1997… won the IMSA GT3 championship, driving a BMW M3. He was the Grand-Am GT Series champion in 2002 and 2004. Scored back-to-back Driver's Championships in 2003 and 2004 in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series. Currently drives a BMW M3 in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class for Rahal Letterman Racing. His career started in the 1970s in motocross, moved to IMSA GTU in 1987. - stayed there until 1997, his last year resulting in him winning the championship. During his time in the IMSA Series he had also become the 1996 Peruvian Formula Three champion. Won the 1999 World Sportscar Championship and the American Le Mans Series (1999-2003), driving a BMW V12 LMR in 1999 and 2000. During the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 2000, his BMW did a spectacular back flip! Auberlen won both the 2003 and 2004 Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship.
TOM BAGLEY Shorewood, IL
Tom didn’t run his first race until age 31 – a 1971 IMSA Pro Formula Ford Race, which he ran on a provisional license from Bill Scott’s Racing School and finished 18th of 56 entries ... a new career accelerated quickly for Tom: his fifth race saw him finish seventh at the 1972 Sebring Pro VW Gold Cup race for Super Vees …the next steps were progressive – 3rd in the 1974 SCCA Gold Cup, second the following year and Gold Cup or USAC Mini-Indy series Champion in 1976-77 … The series is now gone but Tom holds the record for the most wins with 16 in 53 starts … Tom competed in three full seasons of Indy Car Racing (1978 – 1980), earning series Rookie of the Year honors in 1978, finishing 11th or better in points all three seasons, and with a best Indy 500 finish of 9th in 1979 ... He also raced and won races in SCCA TransAm, Formula Atlantic, IMSA Firestone Firehawk and Dodge Neons. Tom still holds the record for the most Pro F/SV wins - 16 out of 53 races ... Tom still does a lot of driving as track manager and head instructor at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill ... He has been an RRDC member since 1976.
ROGER BAILEY Indianapolis, IN
Roger is one of the sport's most respected and experienced officials. For 26 years, Bailey ran open-wheel racing's primary support series, successively known as the American Racing Series, Firestone Indy Lights and the IRL Indy Pro Series. Bailey won the British Formula 3 championship with Jackie Stewart in 1964 and was a member of the Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 Mk II crew in 1966. He helped build the McLaren engines that dominated the SCCA Can-Am and won the Indianapolis 500 in 1974 and 1976. He was also IMSA's technical director from 1980-84. He is currently chief appellate officer for the GRAND-AM series.
CARSON BAIRD State College, PA
One of IMSA’s leading drivers in the early days. Winner of the 1976 IMSA RS Championship. Began racing a G-Production MG Midget in SCCA competition. Drove a Porsche RSR to third in GTO in the 1975 Daytona 24-Hour and finished fourth at Riverside. Finished second in GTO at Sebring in 1976. A top fabricator and team manager, Carson is perhaps the only man to have raced a Ford Pinto, an AMC Gremlin, along with Winkleman Formula Ford and FB cars.
FRED BAKER Aurora, OH
Racing for more than 30 years, Baker won his first of four SCCA Runoffs championshipa in 1980 with a Jaguar E-type. British native but American citizen who, in 1981, became the first American to win the Jaguar Driver of the Year award ... Won four SSCA Runoffs championships -- 1980 with C Production Jaguar XK-E, 1986 and 1987 with Showroom Stock GT Porsche 944 Turbo, and 2000 T-1 class in a Porsche 911 ... Won The Longest Day 24-hour race at Nelson Ledges in 1980-83-84, and a six-hour IMSA Camel GTU race in 1974.
JACK BALDWIN Marietta, GA
Arrived upon the road racing scene by winning the SCCA National Formula Ford Championship. Won back-to back IMSA GTU Championships in 1984-85. Was Trans-Am Rookie of the Year in 1990..won the Series Championship in 1992. Earned back-to-back invitations to the International Race of Champions in 1993-94. – his best finish a second at Talladega….Also raced successfully in the Rolex Series and the NASCAR Busch Series.
JOHN "Skip" BARBER Sharon, CT
Skip won back-to-back SCCA Formula Ford National Championships in 1969 and 1970…also won the SCCA National Formula B Championship in 1970. A winner in the North American F-B Pro Series. Competed in several European Formula One races in a March – scoring an impressive 6th place in a non-points race at Hockenheim. Top competitor on professional F-B racing. Set a Formula-5000 qualifying record at Road America. Founder of the world-renowned Skip Barber Racing School which has produced many of the USA's top racing talents. Former RRDC President and a 2013 inductee into the SCCA Hall of Fame.
JOAO BARBOSA Ormond Beach, FL
A native of Portugal, he began racing karts at age 11, winning the '88 Portuguese Junior Kart championship, following that with Formula A and Super A titles. Has championships in Portuguese Formula Ford and Italian Formula Europa Boxer. Was second in the '96 Italian Formula 3 championship winning Rookie of the Year and is '97 Formula Atlantic Rising Star. Has raced at Le Mans, in ALMS and Grand-Am, winning class at '10 Daytona 24.
JERRY BARKER Torrance, CA
In the late 1960's, Jerry was one of the best SCCA G-Production Spitfire drivers in the country, finishing second at the National Championship Runoffs in 1970. Barker then stepped back to run Formula Vee in regional racing. In 1975 he returned to the Spitfire and won the G-Prod National title. In 1980 he was awarded the SCCA Kimberly Cup after winning his second national title in the Spitfire, this time in F-Prod. He and his dad prepared his cars.
CHARLES BARNES Dallas, TX
Began racing in 1959 with Alfa Romeo. 1964 Runoffs champion in G Modified. 29 race wins between 1966-68 in factory Ford Cortina. Raced SCCA Speed World Challenge GT in 2000-2001 with Corvette Z06 and Dodge Viper. Now active in Vintage racing.
AL BEASLEY, SR. Willoughby, OH
Winner of the 1988 the SCCA D Sports Racing National Championship and the President's Cup for the top drive at the National Championship Runoffs - at age 62! Was one of the Club's top D Sports Racing drivers behind the wheel of a Bobsy and Bease-Decker ...winner of multiple SCCA divisional championships and the National C Sports Racing National title in 1986.
Began racing in 1964 with a Lotus 7 and four years later debuted in Formula One for Ferrari at Italian G.P. Best finish of sixth in 1970 Watkins Glen race. Nine F-1 starts for Ferrari, McLaren, Brabham, Techno and Surtees. One of the world’s greatest endurance drivers, notably for Porsche, with 1985-86 championships in World Sports Car series. An incredible five wins (1975, ‘81, ‘82, ‘86, ‘87) in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three wins in Rolex 24 at Daytona (1986, ’87, ’89), 18 career wins in IMSA GTX and GTP cars, one win each in F-2 and European F-5000, 22 wins in World Sports Cars, including Spa, Buenos Aires, Kyalami, Nurburgring, Brands Hatch, Monza, Fuji and many others. Also a long list of race wins in European 2-liter sports cars, Interserie, and Formula 3 . In 1985 was awarded the MBE by HM Queen Elizabeth for his service to the sport of racing. His eldest son, Justin, now runs a driving school in Florida.
DON BELL Woodside, CA
As both a driver and now, through his business interests, as a team sponsor, Don has remained at the top of his game for many years. Starting as a successful Porsche racer in SCCA Club Racing events during the 1970s, he graduated to the IMSA Camel GT series in 1981 and to the IMSA GTP series with a Buick Argo in 1984. He won the 1986 Miami GP Camel Lights race, then switched to a Pontiac-Spice for 1987 and became the series runner up champion, winning six of 16 races and finishing second twice. Camel Lights wins include the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio, Riverside, Laguna Seca and San Antonio, helping Pontiac earn the class Manufacturer Championship in 1987, and earning the GTP/Lights Most Improved Driver honor. He is currently staying active by racing in Europe in the Orwell SuperSportsCup Series with a vintage Lola T-163 Can-Am car, and also has recently raced a Porsche GT3 Cup entry in the ALMS GT3 Cup Series. His business, Bell Microproducts, currently sponsors a GT2 Porsche team in the ALMS as well as entries in the ChampCar Series.
JUSTIN BELL Los Angeles, CA
SCCA Trans-Am Rookie of the Year in '01, has competed in Barber Saab, British club championships, Asia Pacific Touring Car Championship, Indy Lights, Le Mans, FIA GT2 and Grand-Am. GT2 Le Mans winner in '98, second in '99, and second o/a in Corvette in '00 Daytona 24. Also third o/a (second in class) at '95 Le Mans.
TOWNSEND BELL Beverly Hills, CA
Townsend finished fourth in the 2009 Indianapolis-500. He was the 2002 Indy Lights Champion…also raced in Europe in the FIA F-3000 Series and did some testing with the BAR Honda and Jaguar F-1 teams. Began racing karts and then moved up to the Skip Barber Series. In addition to actively racing, he runs a company that provides marketing and sponsorship consulting
ALLEN BERG Calgary, Alberta, CN
Won '82 Tasman Series, then moved to England, finishing fifth as a rookie in '83 British Formula 3 Championship, and second in '84. Made nine Grand Prix starts in '86 with Osella F1 team. Re-established his career in Mexico, winning '93 Mexican F3 Championship and '01 Pan-American Indy Lights title. Runs Allen Berg Racing Schools in Calgary, Alberta, and Northern California.
FRANK BIELA Germany
JOHN BISHOP Ocala, FL
The most-respected leader in the history of road racing in America - headed both SCCA and IMSA. Saw his first race at Watkins Glen in 1950 while a student of Industrial Design at Syracuse University . Began to illustrate race cars and sold them through the R. Gordon book store in New York City. Worked as a designer for Martin Aircraft. Hired by SCCA in 1956 to run its Contest Board and conceived and implemented classifying race cars by their potential, not just by their displacement. Became Executive Director of SCCA in 1962 and focused on burgeoning professional racing interest. First created the U. S. Road Racing Championship series, followed by Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000 series. Meanwhile, revamped SCCA’s Club Racing program to determine a National Champion in every class, an effort which resulted in the existence of the Runoffs. Created the International Motor Sports Association, drew up rules for a GT category and signed R. J. Reynolds as the sponsor for the new Camel GT. Sold IMSA in 1989, retiring to an aviation ranch community where he has built an aerobatic biplane which he flies regularly, plus flying two other planes. Remains active in road racing as a director of ACCUS FIA, a commissioner of NASCAR, and a commissioner of the Grand-American Road Racing Association. Also a founder and chairman of the International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen.
LOGAN BLACKBURN Indianapolis, IN
Logan won the 1971 SCCA E-Production National Championship driving an MG-B...and followed that up with C-Production Championship in 1977, driving a Nissan Z-Car.
ROBERT E. BOIG Stoughton, MA
Bob is a four-time SCCA National Champion...and a four-time runner-up. Raced a Fiat X-19, a Triumph Spitire and a GT6 along with a Mazda Miata.
Began racing on an Indian motorcycle. Moved up to a Morgan Plus 4 and then a Corvette. Got his big break when Carroll Shelby asked him to drive one of his Cobras…Bob responded with a class win in his first race. Won the 1964 LeMans GT class co-driving with Dan Gurney. In 1965 he co-drove a Daytona Coupe to victories at Sebring, Monza, the Nurburgring, and Rheims. Also raced F3 and F2 along with USRRC sports cars. Founder of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Technical advisor to the movie "Grand Prix". Bondurant waws a 2003 inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
JOHN BORNHOLDT Mount Holly, NJ
John is a long-time SCCA official. Served as a very popular Chief Steward of the Pro Formula Atlantic Series. Bornholdt was the 1975 recipient of the SCCA's highest honor, the Woolf Barnato Award. In 1995 he received the SCCA's prestigious Dave Morrell Award recognizing an active Chief Steward who exhibited outstanding performance and dedication to the sport and in 2006 was inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame.
TERRY BORCHELLER Vero Beach. FL
Terry is a top competitor on the world’s sportscar circuits, having won championships in these categories: Rolex Grand-Am Daytona Prototype (2003), ALMS GTS (2001), Rolex GTO (2000), IMSA Speedvision Cup GS and SPEED World Challenge T-1 (both in 1998). A champion from the start, Terry also won the Skip Barber Formula Ford title (1991) and was WKA National Karting championship (1983). A superb endurance driver, Terry has been on the winning team at both the Daytona 24 and the 12 Hours of Sebring and has competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times with a podium finish in 2001. He is an avid participant in Christian motorsports ministries.
DAVID BRABHAM Australia
Sir Jack Brabham is the first driver in history to be knighted for his services to motorsport… the triple world champion is the only Formula One driver to have won a world title in a car of his own construction – the BT19 – which he drove to victory in 1966. The following year the Brabham team won its second successive world championship when New Zealander Denny Hulme drove the BT20 to victory. Brabham established himself in Australian oval racing before switching to road racing in the early 1950’s. His driving style matured dramatically at this time and, in 1955, he moved from Australia to Europe to drive for Charles and John Cooper. That partnership resulted in Brabham's first two world championship titles in 1959 and 1960. It was also in a Cooper that Sir Jack shook the establishment at Indianapolis, qualifying the first modern mid-engined car at the 500 and finishing ninth. Brabham is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
ROSS BREMER Atlantic Beach, FL
Ross was an outstanding small sedan driver, starting in 1962, winning the1964 – 67 SCCA Regional championshps in C Sedan, then placed third in the U-2 Touring class of the 1967 Rolex 24 At Daytona … he than refocused his activities on sailing for a couple decades before returning to Vintage racing in 1993 … Among his long list of honors are an SVRA Bob Fergus “Big Fun” award, the Lime Rock Dodge Vintage Festival, an Amelia Concours d’Elegance award, SVRA Spirit of Vintage Racing, Amateur Mechanic of the Year and Driver of the Year titles, and a show title in a Porsche Club of America concours judging.
RYAN BRISCOE Mooresville, NC
Currently racing in the Indy Racing League, driving for Team Penske. Ryan began racing karts in 1993 at the age of 11, and placed second in the Junior Yamaha Australian Championship – captured C.A.M.S. Junior Karter of the Year honors in 1994 and 1995. He was a factory CRG Team Driver 1996 through 1999. Signed to the Toyota Drivers Academy program in 2001 and drove as an official TDA driver through 2003 - logging nine wins. He was the 2007 ALMS Rookie of the Year, has placed fifth and tenth in the Indianapolis 500, third and seventh in the Daytona Rolex 24 Hr. Finished third in the IRL 2009 season championship
PETER BROCK Henderson, NV
After graduating from the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, Peter was hired by General Motors VP of Styling Bill Mitchell where he did design work on both the 1957 Stingray Racer and the 1963 Stingray street Corvette … after leaving GM he dabbled in racing from the cockpit angle, with a G-Modified Cooper Climax and a Lotus 11, and in 1968 may have scored the only significant race win for the Hino Contessa at the Mission Bell 100 on Riverside Raceway … in the meantime, Peter had become Carroll Shelby’s first employee where his most significant contribution to automotive designed was the famed Cobra Daytona Coupe, which won the 1965 World Championship GT class … after leaving Shelby Automotive, he became the man responsible for bringing Datsun, a novice Japanese importer, into the American sports car racing scene with the Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) Datsun 240Z for John Morton, then the Datsun 510 coupes in the Trans-Am Under 2.5 Liter class … the 240Z effort netted two SCCA National Championships and the 510 sedan scored Datsun’s first American championships in professional racing … In the current era, Peter is equally well-known for his highly-technical Motorsports writing and photography; his bylines have appeared in dozens of publications ranging from Car & Driver to the Wall Street Journal.
BOBBY BROWN Hicksville, NY
An SCCA racer since the '60s, competed in Corvettes and Cobras. Won GT class at ‘66 Daytona 24, earned multiple top-five finishes in Can-Am and F-5000 in '70s, Formula B/Atlantic SCCA National champion in '76. Retired in '80, but returned to historic racing in '90 in Formula 70 Series. Winner Gilles Villeneuve Grand Champion Trophy in ‘95, '98, '01 and '03. SVRA Driver of the Year in 2012.
ZAK BROWN Zionsville, IN
Started in karting, winning 22 races from '86-'90. Moved to Formula Ford, then Benelux Open Lotus Series, finishing in top 10 in each race in'92, then fourth overall in series in '93. Ran in Toyota Atlantic Series, British Formula 3. made his Indy Lights debut in '95. Finished 2nd in GT2 in Daytona 24-Hour and 2nd in Sebring 12-Hour. Also ran ALMS in '99 and '00. Owner / driver, United Autosports, competing in both European series and GRAND-AM. Ran Audi R8 in '11, finishing 3rd in Spa 24-Hour. Founder & CEO of Just Marketing International motorsports marketing agency.
GEORGE BRUGGENTHIES Plymouth, WI
Has been President and General Manager of Road America since ’99. A vintage racing enthusiast and a founding member of Monoposto Racing, was group’s Grand Champion in ’89 and ’91. Won the Formula Junior 35th anniversary race. Also a founding member of the Vintage Motorsports Council.
KEVIN BUCKLER Petaluma, CA
JOHN BUFFUM Burlington, VT
DOC BUNDY Gainsville, GA
JIM BUSBY Laguna Beach, CA
JOE BUZZETTA St James, NY
A long-time Porsche racer, Joe was the 1963 SCCA E-Modified National Champion. His skills quickly caught the attention of the Porsche factory and before long he became a works driver - winning the 1967 Nurburgring 1000, finishing third at Daytona in 1968, and third at Sebring 1n 1969.
LARRY CAMPBELL Loudon, TN
Successful SCCA Club racer who turned semi-pro. Started racing in 1970 with an Austin Healey Sprite and one year later was the Runoffs National Champion in F Production. Became the first winner of the RRDC’s Mark Donohue Award that year. Won the Sports 2000 National Championship a decade later. Four-time CenDiv champion in F/P and twice more in S2000. Raced a Ford Pinto in the IMSA Goodrich Radial Challenge between 1974-77 with several top 5 finishes.
BRUCE CANEPA Scotts Valley, CA
As a youngster, Bruce began racing Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts, then graduated to Super Modifieds and Sprint Cars. He competed successfully in IMSA and Trans Am in 1978. Co-drove a Porsche 934 with Rick Mears and Monte Shelton to a third-place overall finish in the 1978 Daytona 24 Hours, and continued scoring podium finishes in IMSA in 1979 with a Porsche 935. From 1980 to 1982 he co-drove the MOMO 935, and teamed with Bobby Rahal and Jim Trueman in a March GTP for the Daytona 24-hour. He also raced his own Porsche 962 in West Coast IMSA events. He is also a multiple Pikes Peak competitor and record holder. He continues to compete successfully in historic racing, and his Canepa Design firm is a leader in automotive design, restoration and sales
RANDY CANFIELD Gaithersburg, MD
Idol of the small-engine SCCA Production car racers in his Bugeye Sprites. Won the Runoffs H Production National Championship 5 times, 1969, 1971-72, 1985 and 1990 with 14 runner-up or third place finishes in non-title years. 30-time H/P NeDiv titlist between 1967-2002, the last at age 72. Began racing in 1961 with a Sprite, and won the FIA Group 4 class in the 1968 12 Hours of Sebring in a factory MG Midget.
RENALDO ("DINDO") CAPELLO Canelli, Italy
Longtime Audi team driver, Capello has scored three victories for the marque in the 24 Hours of LeMans – '03, '04 and '08, all co-driving with Kristensen plus Guy Smith, Sieji Ara and McNish respectively. Capello's five Sebring 12-Hour victories are second only to Kristensen's six. Also Capello has scored a record five Petite LeMans wins. Starting in karts at age 12, he moved to single-seaters at 19 with much success: Italian F3 champ in '85, ‘'86, ‘87 and '88. He then tackled tin-tops and was Italian Touring Car champ in '90, '92 and '93 and Super Touring Car champ in ‘96. Dindo retired from prototypes after winning Sebring in 2012.
CRAIG CARTER Markle, IN
HELlO CASTRONEVES Coral Gables, FL
Started in karting, then moved to UK in ‘94 to race Formula 3. Third in '95 British F-3 championship, second in '97 Indy Lights championship. Entered CART in '98, finishing second in Rookie of the Year standings. Has 25 career IndyCar wins, including three Indy 500 victories, in '01, '02 and '09. Drives for Penske Racing
EDDIE CHEEVER, JR. Carmel, IN
HOWARD CHERRY Fairfield, CT
With John Higgins and Charles Monk as his co-drivers, in 1987, Howard shared a IMSA Camel GTP Lights win in the 12 Hours of Sebring race, one of the crown jewels of American road racing … He started that season with a second place in the Daytona 24-Hour, and followed it with another win, this time at West Palm Beach, all in a Porsche-powered Fabcar chassis … Howard started racing in 1981 in the SCCA Club Racing ranks with a Crossle 32F in Formula Ford, won seven SCCA Nationals in Formula Atlantic in 1983-84, and was the Central Division’s Driver of the Year.
FRED CLARK Jacksonville, FL
ROBERT CLARKE Santa Carita, CA
HARLEY CLUXTON III Scottsdale, AZ
Motorcycle and automobile race car driver turned Ferrari dealer and race team owner. After retiring from racing competition he turned to collecting some of the rarest racing and historically significant automobiles.
Few race car drivers are as well-rounded as Price Cobb. He burst upon the road racing scene as one of the “young lions” in the golden era of Formula Atlantic – battling wheel-to-wheel against the likes of Bobby Rahal, Keke Rosberg, Tom Gloy and Elliott Forbes-Robinson. He went on to achieve great success racing sports cars – taking the overall victory in the 1990 24 Hours of LeMans behind the wheel of a Silk Cut Jaguar. He is also world’s winningest Porsche Cup Champion.
NIKI COELLO East Troy, WI
After nine years of go kart racing, starting when Niki was 11 years old, he began a successful tenure in SCCA Club Racing and pro series, starting with the 2003 Mazdaspeed Miata Cup championship in 2003, dominant runs in Formula Continental to win the Runoffs in 2005-06-08 … his third such feat was enough to justify the SCCA’s highest honor, the President’s Cup. In 2009 he introduced the Firman FB car into SCCA racing, winning the ARRC in November 2009.
KELLY COLLINS Newport Beach, CA
Kelly has won many championships, and scored numerous wins for such manufacturers as Chevrolet, Pontiac, Porsche, Nissan, Honda, and BMW. In 1999 he scored class wins at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2001, he teamed with Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Andy Pilgrim to gain a GTS podium finish in the Rolex 24 Hour driving a Corvette. He also won the Petit Le Mans in both 2000 and 2001. In 2008 he co-drove the Pontiac GXPR with Paul Edwards – scoring six podium finishes including victories at Miami-Homestead, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock Park and Miller Motorsports Park. They also finished second at Mexico City. The pair finished in the Top ten in all but one race resulting in first place finishes in the GT Drivers’ Championship, GT Team Championship and GT Manufacturers’ Championship
Chris is a race car driver and grandson of Errett Lobban Cord, the founder of the Cord Corporation which also ran Cord Automobile. In 1987, Chris won the IMSA Camel GT Driver's Championship…was invited to the International Race of Champions in 1988. During this time his best finish was sixth place, at Watkins Glen International.
1981 winner of RRDC Mark Donohue Award. 1978 winner of SCCA President’s Cup. Began racing in 1973 at age 43 with Formula Vee. 1978 and 1981 Runoffs champion in F/Vee. Long-time IMSA Camel GTO, GTP and Lights driver. Active in SCCA Florida Region as race official.
DAVE COWART Tampa, FL
One of IMSA’s most-successful GT category racers in the late 1970s and early 80s, Dave was the Camel GTO series titlist and Most Improved Driver in 1978 with his Porsche RSR, then switched to the radical Red Lobster-sponsored BMW M1 in1981 where he became a repeat champion. One of many RRDC members with humble starts in SCCA Club Racing before turning semi-pro, Dave began racing in 1969 with a then-10-year old Fiat Abarth Double Bubble.
NICK CRAW Littleton, CO
MAX CRAWFORD Denver, NC
ROBERT CRISS Bethel Park, PA
It is almost a flip of the coin to decide whether Peter Cunningham should be more respected for his personal ability as a championship driver, or for the legacy team he created 26 years ago with RealTime Racing as first Honda’s, and now Acura’s factory team in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge Championship… As a driver, through March of 2013, Peter had won 91 sports car races in 10 professional series, a record unmatched by anyone in North American sports car racing history, as well as 10 Drivers’ Championships in SCCA Pro Racing series, and five more in everything from ice racing to SCCA Pro Rally … As a team owner, he heads an effort which has won 85 individual events (by 11 of his drivers) in 20 years of World Challenge racing, 14 Drivers’ Championships, 20 second or third places in season-long drivers’ points, and most important in the bigger picture, 14 Manufacturers’ Championships for the Honda and Acura brands, which may explain the length of their relationship.
JEREMY DALE Fort Collins, CO
Jeremy began his driving career at the age of 16 in the Canadian amateur and vintage car ranks. His first race car was a 1955 Cooper Formula 3 powered by a Triumph motorcycle engine. He later owned, prepared and raced a 1969 Lotus 69 Formula Ford., and then went on to race successfully in the Skip Barber Series. He was a factory driver for Dodge in the IMSA Firehawk Series in 1988-89 and accrued multiple wins behind the wheel of a Dodge Daytona and Eagle Talon, culminating in a Firehawk Series Championship in 1989. He raced a factory Nissan 300ZX from 1990 through 1992, scoring multiple wins. In 1991, Jeremy and his teammate were drafted into Nissan’s GTP program for the 1991 Daytona 24-hour, sharing a Nissan Group C car with Arie Luyendyk and Julian Bailey. The car was leading during the 20th hour when it suffered a right rear tire blowout at 215 mph, forcing its retirement from the race. In 1994, he was the lead driver for the Brix Racing / Oldsmobile IMSA World Sports Car (WSC) team, winning his class at the Daytona 24-Hour as well as overall wins in Portland and Phoenix.
MIKE DALE Remmington, VA
A former RAF pilot, Mike was both a successful automobile executive and a champion race car driver. For many years he was head of British Leyland operations in the USA, and then became President of Jaguar. He also won an SCCA HP National Championship driving a bugeye Sprite that he prepared himself - with a few tuning tips from fellow RRDC member Bob Tullius.
DEREK DALY Noblesville, IN
As a racer, Derek parlayed the 1975-76 Formula Ford championships into the ignoble life of living in a school bus for a year … The year after that, 1977, he was the British F-3 champion and in that era, the title landed him a Formula One drive … he made 49 starts in F-1 and six in the Indy 500 … in sports car racing, he was a two-time winner in the 12 Hours of Sebring … Derek’s largest presence in racing has happened since he retired, and because he was such a good driver … He’s been a racing-on-TV commentator for ESPN, Fox, Speed, NBC, etc., and has been amply awarded for the quality of his efforts in explaining this complicated business to the proletariat … In 1996 he opened the Derek Daly Performance Driving Academy at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an effort which earned it “best of” awards from both Motor Trend and Automobile magazines … His MotorVation company merged racing’s necessities with those of the business world to improve one’s performance in the latter .. He’s also written a book on racing and been the force behind a video game.
RYAN DALZIEL Windermere, FL
TOM DAVEY Piermont, NY
Tom is a five-time SCCA National Champion - winning twice in open-wheel cars and three times in GT machines … also finished second in Formula Ford and third in S-2000 at the SCCA runoffs … Tom won the North American Pro Formula Ford Championship, was runner-up in the World Super Vee Championship, finished third in the Pro Super Vee Championship Series, and third in the World Formula Vee Championship ... An occasional endurance driver, he scored GT class victories at Sebring and Watkins Glen and participated three times in the Baja 1000 … A writer and filmmaker by profession, Tom used his racing experience to create some 200 motorsports TV programs - including the ESPN "Secrets of Speed" series and Fox Sports international weekly motorsports program "V-Max" … He currently owns the ex-John Watson Tui F2 car and a KGB shifter kart. Davey is the creator and producer of the RRDC's SAFEisFAST instructional web site.
ANDREW DAVIS Watkinsville, GA
DUANE DAVIS Camas, WA
DAN DAVIS Jacksonville, FL
Dan purchased the Brumos Companies in 1990 and with Bob Snodgrass returned Brumos Porsche to successful road racing. Our team won multiple Supercar Championships in the early nineties with Hurley Haywood and Hans Stuck. Says Davis, “My proudest moment was our overall wins in the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona in 2009 and 2010. It’s a long way from driving a 1950 Mercury dirt track car in 1964 to owning a team that wins the Daytona 24. It’s a tribute to first rate drivers and dedicated team members.”
DUNCAN DAYTON Danbury, CT
Many drivers finish their careers in Vintage and Historic cars, but Duncan started his there in 1993, and now owns the succesful Highcroft Racing race car preparation business … His proudest wins are the record 11 he's racked up in the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique races which run every other year prior to the Grand Prix of Monaco … As a professional racer in the American le Mans Series he shared 2002 season race wins in the LMP675 class at Sebring and the Petit Le Mans, and added three more in 2003 at Road Atlanta, Trois-Rivieres and a Petit Le Mans repeat. As a team owner, his Patron Highcroft Acura Team won the 2009 and 2010 ALMS Championship. Dayton has led the effort to field the award-winning Nissan Delta Wing.
SHERMAN DECKER Lanesville, IN
GIL DE FERRAN Ft Lauderdale, FL
Gil was the 2000 and 2001 CART Champ Car Champion and the winner of the 2003 Indianapolis 500. He finished the 1991 British F3 Championship season in third, behind Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard, then won the 1992 British F3 Championship -scoring seven wins. He tested for the Footwork Arrows F1. In the U.S., he was awarded the Champ Car Rookie of the Year in 1995. On October 28, 2000, during CART qualifying for the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway, de Ferran set a world speed record for the fastest lap of a closed course, with a lap at 241.426 mph. In 2005 he moved to the BAR-Honda Formula One team as their sporting director, resigning in 2007. Drove again starting in 2008 in ALMS, making ten starts in the No. 66 Acura ARX-02a for de Ferran Motorsports in LMP1 with eight podium finishes. In 2009 at ALMS finale Laguna Seca, he ended his legendary career with pole position and victory.
DR. TOM DEHN El Dorado Hills, CA
Tom is an Honorary RRDC member who has served the sport in ways other than driving race cars … As a physician who has brought his talents to race tracks across the Midwest, he began going to races in 1968 in that capacity … Served as Medical Director, then Chief of that group, for the Milwaukee Mile between 1968 and 1995 … also served in the same capacity at Road America, and for the Chicago region SCCA between 1968 and 2000 … in 1996 the SCCA honored Tom with its Outstanding Physician of the year award … Road America added to his awards with their Governor’s Cup in 2003.
TONY DE LORENZO Bloomfield Hills, MI
Tony attended SCCA driver’s school at Watkins Glen and started racing in 1965 driving an A Sedan Corvair. He won his first regional race at Nelson Ledges, Ohio and placed seventh in class in the Marlboro 12 Hour race in 1966 (after changing a flat tire on course). Tony’s SCCA/IMSA racing career spanned 17 years, several sponsors and partnerships, and included consistent top-ten finishes. Tony raced in vintage races in a replica of the OCF GT class-winning Sebring Corvette from 1990 to 2002, winning nearly all the races. Since 1997, Tony has been successfully racing a Reventlow Scarab for car owner and college classmate Bob Sirna at the Road America vintage races. In December, 2008, Tony was elected to the Corvette Hall of Fame.
JIM DENTICI Oconomowoc, WI
Began racing in the mid-50s early days of Quarter-Midgets and go karts. Moved to sports cars in 1981 with great success. 1981 Runoffs champion in GT-4, followed by 1989 and 1993 titles in GT-3and GTL in 2009. 1998 winner of the Wisconsin Governor’s Cup for outstanding contribution to road racing. 1998 FIA European Champion for Historic Touring Cars.
DON DEVENDORF Los Angeles, CA
Long time top Nissan driver and team owner. Won the IMSA GTU Championship in 1979 - scoring nine wins in thirteen races. Captured the IMSA GTO Championship in 1982. Before that he was a leading SCCA racer - winning three C Sedan National Championships.
Ed started racing in 1960 at Marlboro, Md., in a Triumph TR-3 … Two years later he and Bob Tullius campaigned a unique (for Bob) black-painted Triumph … The following year he raced a factory TR4 in the 12 Hours of Sebring, with Charlie Gates and Robert Cole, finishing second in the GT 11 class … The variety of cars Ed has raced over the years includes a Holman-Moody Ford in a 12-hour sedan race at Marlboro, Md., a Saab Sedan Champ, and a G Modified Lola Mk 1 … Competed in the first-ever Trans-Am race at Sebring in 1966 and finished fourth in his class with a Saab, co-driven by Sam Perry … Also once drove one of the rare Corvette Grand Sport cars … Winner of SCCA Regional and local club championships in a Triumph Spitfire from 1989 to 2000 …. Currently drives a Mazda RX-7 and instructs in SCCA Drivers’ Schools.
LEIGH DIFFEY Cornelius, NC
John is one of the RRDC’s select few Honorary Members, selected not only for his talent as a weekend racer, but for his career spent enhancing auto racing as a journalist for car magazines and for various manufacturers … He was among journalists invited to race in the famed Longest Day 24-hour race at Nelson Ledges, an event which spawned professional Street Stock racing in the U.S., and evolved into today’s SCCA World Challenge and Grand-Am Cup series … He won that race in 1980-83-86-88 in Saab, Fiat, Porsche and Datsun entries … He also raced in the Longest Day’s professional successor, the SCCA Escort Endurance series, driving a Corvette … He now owns John Dinkel & Associates.
SCOTT DIXON Indianapolis, IN
Scott is the most successful driver in the Indy Racing League Indy with over twenty victories. Competing for Chip Ganassi Racing Scott has won the championship twice, 2003 and 2008, and he won the 92nd Indianapolis 500 in 2008 from pole position. At Kentucky in August that year he equaled the record for six wins in a season. Known as a consistent race finisher, he has been on the podium 48 times in the 90 races he has completed, and his ratio of wins to career starts is the best of all-time regular drivers in the IRL. Among notable awards won by Scott are the Jim Clark Trophy (1999, 2001, 2004) which perpetuates the name of the late Formula One world champion Jim Clark, and the Bruce McLaren Trophy (2003, 2008) which is awarded annually by the British Racing Drivers' Club. It perpetuates the name of the late Bruce McLaren , a fellow New Zealander, whose name lives on in the name of the McLaren Racing Team
Following success in Porsche Club of America events, where he was also an instructor, David’s first professional race was the 1993 IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship event at Mid-Ohio … the following season, he raced a BMW M5 for Ed Arnold in the IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship, then won the 1997 CART Super Touring series in a BMW … He joined the factory Dodge Viper team in 1998, winning the GT-2 class at Le Mans … he scored several American Le Mans Series class wins in the Viper during the 1999 season … He also spent many a race weekend competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks and Busch Grand National series before joining forces with Bob Snodgrass to race one of the Brumos Porsche Fabcars in the Rolex Sports Car Series where he won 2003 races at Fontana, Watkins Glen and Le Circuit St. Jovite, and the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona … The RRDC’s top award for a driver at the SCCA Runoffs is named for his father, Mark.
One of the most successful racers in International Motor Sports Assn. History with 40 race wins and six season championships, all in Mazda-based cars with Rotary engines built by the Downing/Atlanta team. Began his IMSA career in 1974 with a Mazd. Won the 1981 Drivers Championship in the International Sedan series. His team built the Mazda RX7 which won 23 races and five Camel GTU championships between 1982 for himself, then two more for Jack Baldwin and Tom Kendall. Switched to two-rotor Mazda Argo and won three consecutive Camel Lights driving titles (1985-86-87) plus the 1989 Kodak Endurance trophy for completing the most miles of any Camel GT series competitor. Built his first Mazda Kudzu World Sports Car in 1993. Mazda-engine reliability led him to multiple wins in IMSA’s two most prestigious races, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Along with brother-in-law Dr. Robert Hubbard’s development talent, led the manufacturing and distribution of the Head and Neck Restraint System (HANS) which has revolutionized racing safety.
Starting in 1956, George was one of the first people to race the then-new Ford Thunderbird in Club racing, going against the Corvettes in the B Production class … he won the GTU class at the 1965 Bridgehampton USRRC race during his long tenure in USRRC and Can-Am events … it was IMSA’s Camel GT series where George and his Porsche 911s were truly prominent with 93 race starts, competing 13 times in the 1966-83 Rolex 24 At Daytona, and many times in the 12 Hours of Sebring … in 1967 he had class wins in both the Sebring and Nassau events, and won the 1975 Porsche Cup for under 2.5 liter cars .. he is also one of the founders of the Amelia Island Classic car show … he grew up on a farm near Sandwich, Ill., and developed a knack for being able to repair all things mechanical … while in college, given a choice of washing dishes in a sorority house or becoming a part-time employe of a Porsche dealership, he picked the latter …He later became a Porsche salesman to dealers over a 12-state area, then moved to Florida to cover the Southeast U.S. for Porsche and later became the first non-German employed by the Porsche factory.
KEN DUCLOS Stowe, VT
One of the SCCA's top racers in the 1960's and'70's. Scored championships driving Corvettes, Shelby Mustangs, and a BT-40 Brabham Formula B car.
RALPH DURBIN Colorra, MI
One of America’s top sportsman drivers since the 1980s, his Dyson Racing cars have won many races and championships. Began racing in 1974 in SCCA Club Racing with a B Sedan Datsun 510. Became an SCCA Runoffs champion in 1981 in the GT-2 class. Winner of the IMSA Camel GT L. A. Times Grand Prix in 1986 and named IMSA’s Most Improved Driver that year. Shared the winning car in the 1997 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
CHRIS DYSON Pleasant Valley, NY
In addition to co-driving the #16 ALMS Mazda Lola Coupe, Chris manages Dyson Racing. In 2008, Chris and his teammate, Guy Smith, drove their Porsche RS Spyder to sixth in the LMP2 driver’s championship - starting off the year with a class third in the 12-Hours of Sebring. In 2007 Chris and Guy were fourth in the LMP2 standings. In 2006 he had three podiums and six top fives in ten races for sixth in the ALMS LMP1 championship. Chris finished second in the ALMS LMP1 championship in 2005 with six seconds and a third in ten races. In 2004, he garnered six of nine podiums in ALMS LMP1, for fourth in the final standings. In sixty-four starts in the ALMS, he has twenty-six podiums to his credit. Finished seventh at LeMans in 2004 and fourth at the Silverstone. In 2003 he won the ALMS LMP 675 championship in his first full year in the series scoring four wins including the class win at The 12-Hours of Sebring. Chris won five races in the Rolex Grand-Am Series in 2002, missing the championship by two points.
BOB EARL Novato, CA
Bob started racing in 1972 and quickly established himself as one of the most competitive drivers in North America - as well as a top test driver and driving coach. His career highlights include: SCCA Formula Ford National Champion, 24 career victories in the International Motor Sports Associations Camel GT Series, two victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona, one victory and three second places in the 12 Hours of Sebring, along with the Macau Grand Prix Championship
STEVE EARLE Buellton, CA
Took up racing in 1977 with a Porsche in IMSA Camel GT events. Drove with late RRDC member Bob Akin in 1978 at Daytona, Sebring and Talladega. Scored his first podium finish in 1978 in Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GTO class. Second on C2 category at 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1985.
Only RRDC member who became equally-successful in both professional drag racing and sports car road racing. Began drag racing in 1970 and the following year became the NHRA’s Southeast Division champion in the Super Stock category. Won a prestigious NHRA U. S. Nationals championship in 1973 (Super Stock class) in a Hemi Plymouth Barracuda .. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976 in the NHRA’s Southeast Division. Between 1986 and 1994 his 30 wins in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship and later IMSA Endurance Championship made him the series’ winningest driver. Became the 1996 Touring class champion. Also holds series record for most starts (121), and second in top 10 finishes. Along with brother Steve, owner of the drag strip at Rockingham, N.C., organized the first police pursuit driving schools. Later became an instructor for the Skip Barber Racing School, and is now the Chief Instructor for the school’s programs.
Gave up weekends behind the wheel for 40 years in the Tower as Chief Steward for various series/races including 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona, SCCA Runoffs, IMSA Firehawk, SCCA Trans-Am, World Challenge, Formula Ford, and HSR. Awarded Craig Hinton Trophy for contributions to Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR). 1981 winner of SCCA’s Woolf Barnato Trophy for outstanding long-term contributions to the sport of road racing .. Operating Steward for RRDC Advanced Drivers Schools at Daytona.
Grand-Am President/CEO Roger Edmonson also had a 25 year career in race series management. He created the Championship Cup Series for motorcycles in 1984, a series which grew to 3,000 riders, the largest road racing motorcyclist group in the U. S. … From 1986 to ’94 he operated the road racing programs for the American Motorcyclist Assn. where he created the SuperSport and Harley-Davidson Twin Sport classes … he was a member of the FIM Road Racing Commission, cycling’s version of the F.I.A. … He was the first employee of the Grand-American Road Racing Assn.
JOHN EDWARDS Cincinnati, OH
John has made a career of being the youngest-ever driver: first to be licensed and win a race in U.S. open-wheel road racing – 2004 at age12 in the Skip Barber Series – also winning the Red Bull driver Search that year. Continuing in Europe in 2005 in Formula Renault as the youngest-ever to hold an FIA license, he scored a victory in 2006 Anderstrop. John became youngest-ever Atlantic Championship driver in 2008 also winning the Star Mazda title that year and the Atlantic Championship in 2009. He’s in line for an IZOD IndyCar Series seat in 2011.
PAUL EDWARDS Ft Collins, CO
Paul started racing karts at age 12, netting six championships – two Western USA and four California state – in four years with 45 race wins. He is a two-time Team USA Scholarship winner. He was a Red Bull Driver search Finalist and won Pilotte Elf Competition in France. Finished second in the 2007 Rolex GT class and won the 2008 Rolex Series GT class championship scoring a season-high four wins, six podiums and 11 top-10 results
At the age of 13, Vic’s father took him to see the first post-war British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He decided then and there he would become a race car driver, starting with a Mini-Cooper in 1961 and rallying in a DKW the following year …Five years later, he was doing both for the Porsche factory team … while his countless wins at the Nurburgring, Targa Florio, Daytona and Sebring are the stuff of legends, perhaps his 1968 season best sums up his versatile career: It began with a win in the Monte Carlo Rally, and one week later he was in the winner’s circle for the Rolex 24 At Daytona … One month later he won the 12 Hours of Sebring and in May scored an epic win in the Targa Florio … Two weeks later he’d won the Nurburgring 1000km then was off to his Formula One debut, in an outclassed Cooper T86B which he drove to a stunning fourth place finish in the wet French Grand Prix … His rally driving experience also paid off in 1970 when he drove Jim Hall’s Camaro to a Trans-Am series win at the rainy Watkins Glen race … He was very much the focused racer, but knew what was more important: When a Ferrari crashed in front of his Porsche at Le Mans, he stopped to rescue the driver from the burning car, thus earning him the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite by French President Georges Pompidou …He has written three books, including the “Porsche High-Performance Driving Handbook” and his biography,“Reflections on a Golden Era in Motorsports.”
JIM FARLEY Dearborn, MI
Jim is currently the head of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Ford Motor Company. He started the Scion division of Toyota and served as the head of Marketing for Lexus/Toyota. He is a Gearhead, a Cobra owner and a staunch supporter of racing.
RON FELLOWS Mississauga, Ontario, CN
Versatile racer, first racing karts, F-1600 and F-2000. Turned pro in '80s and has 19 career Trans-Am wins, three NASCAR Nationwide wins, two NASCAR Truck wins. Players/GM Challenge champion in '89, '01 Daytona 24 winner, '01 and '02 Le Mans class winner on Corvette team, and ALMS GTS champion in '02, co-champion in '03 and '04. Charter member of the Corvette team and member of Corvette Hall of Fame. Runs Fellows Performance Driving School in Nevada.
GENE FELTON Roswell, GA
One of IMSA’s all-time champions. Ex-U. S. Marines captain had his first taste of racing on motorcycles (and won a championship) while stationed at Okinawa in 1959. Began road racing in SCCA competition in 1964 with a BMW 700, Now has 46 IMSA wins on his lengthy resume; 25 in Kelly American Challenge series, 11 in Camel GTO, 8 in Champion Spark Plug Challenge, 2 in GT class. Also won the first SCCA Trans-Am he ever entered, and has 2 SCCA Escort Endurance series wins. Career stats include 73 pole qualifying spots with 63 qualifying track records. Has also raced in NASCAR Modifieds and Grand National. Multiple championships in Southeastern Mini-Stock competition on both pavement and dirt. Class pole and 2nd place finish at 1982 24 Hours of Le Mans. Helped develop Chevrolet’s new V-6 engine in 1981. 4 consecutive IMSA Kelly American Challenge championships between 1977-80. 1984 GTO class winner at 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring with Terry Labonte. Suffered severe injuries in a 1984 Trans-Am crash at Riverside but still finished 2nd in season points despite missing 70 days or half the season. Now owns Gene Felton Restorations, restores ex-Winston Cup cars for Vintage racing, where he has 102 race wins and 9 season championships. 1996-2003 President of Historic Stock Car Racing Group. Nominated to International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2003 and 2005; inducted into Georgia Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2005.
John is Vice President and Treasurer of the Road Racing Driver’s Club ... A winner of both amateur and professional championships, John started his career with three consecutive SCCA Solo II National Championships in 1977-1978-1979 ... Switching his attention to road racing in 1980 resulted in being selected as the SCCA Road Racing Rookie of the Year … John has won the Sports 2000 National Championship at the Runoffs six times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008) and holds the track record at every course at which he has competed in the class ... He has enjoyed equal success in the ProSports 2000 Series, winning the championships in 1988, 1989, 1999 and 2000, with twice as many laps led, pole positions and victories than any other driver ...A frequent IMSA racer, John has 13 victories the 1991 GTU Drivers' Championship.
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ Miami, FL
Five-time SCCA Runoffs Champion, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 2004, all in the GT2 class and all with Porsches ... 1988 winner of Porsche’s Al Holbert Memorial Trophy ... Won the SCCA President’s Cup in 1989 ... RRDC’s Mark Donohue Award winner at the 2001 SCCA Runoffs.
John has raced successfully in numerous categories since 1970 when he won the Brundage Trophy at Daytona driving a FVee for Ed Zink. He ran near the front in the Gold Cup Super Vee Series before turning his efforts to hill climbing. Stuffing rotary Mazda powerplants into a variety of open wheel cars, Finger was king of the hill at Chimney Rock a dozen times through 1984. All this time, he was competing successfully in SCCA CProd, GT2 and GT1, ARCA and IMSA GTU where he scored victories at Miami (twice), Long Beach and Watkins Glen. In the 2000 Daytona 24, Finger won the American GT class. He won the ARCA race at the Glen in 2001. He currently runs a variety of historic cars in HSR and is once again winning hill climbs.
Dennis didn’t start racing in America until he was 27 years old – with Formula Fords – but by 1976 he’d won not only the hotly-contested SCCA Runoffs National Championship, but the coveted Kimberly Cup … A foray into USAC’s version of Super Vees produced a Rookie of the Year title in 1978 and the series Championship a year later, along with seven wins in the two seasons … From there, Denis went to CAART racing and earned the Rookie of the Year trophy for that series in 1981 … his career best finishes were fifth places at Phoenix and Mexico City in 1980 … in all, he had 55 career starts in CART … now retired from racing, he owns a trucking company in suburban Los Angeles.
CALVIN FISH Smyrna, GA
Calvin began his career in karts at age thirteen. He then moved to Formula Ford in 1979 at age 18 and soon British Formula Three. He then came to the United States and competed in various classes of SCCA competition as well as IMSA GT. He was the 1987 Formula Atlantic Champion and then made fourteen starts in the Indy Lights series. He returned to sports cars and was the GTO class winner at the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona in 1990. Calvin is one of the few drivers to beat Senna in Formula Three and Formula 2000. He is currently an analyst announcer for the Speed Channel in the US and covers the Speed World Challenge, Rolex Grand Am Series, and the American Le Mans Series
EMERSON FITTIPALDI Miami, FL
Twice F1 World Champion – 1972 with Lotus and 1974 with McLaren. In 1976 he set out to build his own Formula One car, but his dream of becoming a successful driver/constructor turned into a nightmare, causing him to retire from F1 in 1980. By 1984 he had regained his passion for the sport and launched a comeback racing Indy Cars… In 1989 he became only the fourth F1 Champion to win the Indy-500. He scored a second Indy win in 1993. He was also the CART Series Champion in 1989. Began racing karts and then Formula Vees in his native Brazil…moved to England where he quickly moved up through the ranks -from Formula Ford to Formula 2 and then made his F1 debut in the 1970 British Grand Prix. Two years later he became the youngest World Champion to date. Fittipaldi is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
In an impressive career that spans five decades, EFR has scored over fifty major victories including the 1997 and 1999 24-Hours-of Daytona. Has competed in Super Vee, Formula Atlantic, F-5000, Can-Am, World Sports Cars, IMSA (GTP, GTO, and GTU), and Rolex Sports Cars. 1992 Trans-Am Champion. Ran 22 NASCAR races finishing in the Top-10 three times. A 2006 inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Won his first-ever sports car race in 1969 driving a Porsche at Sears Point. The creative force behind Legends Cars.
JON FOGARTY Palo Alto, CA
Jon and co-driver Alex Gurney captured the 2007 and 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype drivers' championships... competed in the Barber Dodge Pro Series from 1996 until 2000, finishing Series runner-up twice....moved to Toyota Atlantic in 2002 and edged Michael Valiante for the series championship. In 2004 he returned to full-time Atlantic competition and won yet another title...drove a Porsche 911 in the GT class of the ALMS. . moved to the Grand-Am series, co-driving with Gurney. The pair combined for a series-record seven wins and 10 poles in 2007 - winning the championship. Won a second title in 2009.
GEORGE FOLLMER Post Falls, ID
George was one of the most successful road racers of the 1970s. He won the Trans-Am Championship in both 1972 and 1976 and was the 1972 Can-Am champion, substituting for the injured Mark Donohue in Penske Racing's Porsche 917/10. ….Raced in the USRRC Championship Car series and several Indianapolis 500 races. Won the 1969 Indy Car race in 1969 at Phoenix International Raceway. In 1973 ,he moved to Formula One driving a Shadow and participated in 13 World Championship Grands Prix. He achieved one podium, and scored a total of five championship points. The following year he competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup series ….Still competes in vintage races, often driving the very same cars that he raced during his heyday. Follmer is a 1999 inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Bruce was hired by the Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. in 1984 and charged with developing and marketing the company’s sports car tire program. Under Foss’s management, Hoosier has become a major competitor on U.S. and international road circuits, winning countless SCCA National races and titles, IMSA GTO and GTU races and serving as spec tire expert for both the Grand-AM Road Racing Series and the SCCA TransAm. He continues to head the Road Racing Tire division.
DARIO FRANCHITTI Franklin TN
A native of Scotland, Dario is the 2009 Indy Car Series Champion. Won the Indianapolis 500 in 2007, along with the Indy Car Series Championship... One of just three drivers to win the Indy-500, the Indy Car Championship, the Twelve Hours of Sebring, and the 24-Hours of Daytona (the others are AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti). Has competed in nearly 200 Indy Car races – scoring 23 poles and 23 victories. Raced a partial NASCAR Cup schedule in 2008, but returned to to Indy Car racing in 2009 to reclaim the championship.
MARINO FRANCHITTI Windsor Berkshire, UK
Marino began racing career in karts at age eight. Prior to his sports car debut in 2001, his previous experience had been in single-seaters . After emerging from the Jim Russell school, he contested selected rounds of Formula Vauxhall for several years. Won 2001 the British GTO Championship driving for Porsche Cars Great Britain in a Porsche GT3 RS -taking eleven podiums, eight class wins and two fastest laps. Drove one round of the FIA N-GT Series in 2001 and finished seventh at Spa. Placed tenth among 220 starters at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. Earned a podium finish at the Spa 24 Hours race in 2006. Two other podium finishes in 2006 FIA GT championship included GT2 win in Ferrari F430 GT at Adrian. He was instrumental in the development of ALMS Acura ARX-01a chassis. Currently drives for the Patron Highcroft ALMS team
The 2005 winner of the RRDC’s prestigious Phil Hill Award, Jim France started his career at the International Speedway Corp’s home track of Daytona International Speedway by parking spectator cars and selling tickets at the gates ... He was elected to the ISC Board of Directors in 1970, named to the NASCAR Board of Directors in 2000, and became ISC’s Chief Executive Officer in 2003 … He is a son of William H. G. France, who founded NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway, seeing both grow into the headliners of American auto racing …His interest is not limited to just stock cars, but to the Grand American Road Racing’s Rolex Sports Car Series as well – specifically, the Daytona Prototype class … RRDC President Bobby Rahal, when presenting the Phil Hill Award, noted it was for France’s "efforts to rejuvenate this famous race with a new class of cars which are fast, affordable and good-looking."
JOE FREEMAN Boston, MA
Turned his tenure as a successful SCCA Club racer into an equally-successful, however brief, professional driver. Started with a Datsun 2000 roadster in 1970 and in 1973 won the SCCA’s Kimberly Cup at the RunOffs. Joined IMSA in 1975 with his Datsun 240Z and won the Most Improved Driver award. Won the 1976 Camel GTU title, as a privateer against factory teams, with eight wins in 12 starts. Won 15 races over a five-year span, including an overall win in the 1977 12 Hours of Sebring driving a Porsche RSR, 1978 Talladega six-hour, and the GTU class at Sebring in 1980 his Chevrolet Monza was the only American car in the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans. Developed the Frisbee Can-Am car. Returned to IMSA in 1980 with a factory Mazda, winning the GTU class at Sebring, then retired from racing at the end of the season. Now guiding son Burt’s growing racing career.
BRIAN FRISSELLE Aspen, CO
The son of sports car racer Brad Frisselle, Brian had his first racing experience behind the wheel of a go-kart at Jim Hall's Kart Racing School, which he attended when he was ten years old. In the summer of 2002, Brian participated in seven Skip Barber Regional race weekends, garnering four podium finishes. His career highlights include: Winning the final three races of the 2003 Skip Barber National Championship; Earning his first podium in a professional series - the 2004 Star Mazda Series race at Laguna Seca, Competing in his first 24 Hours of Daytona, Qualifying second at the Mexico City 250 in 2006 - a Rolex career best. Won Rolex races at Montreal and Watkins Glen in 2008.
BURT FRISSELLE Aspen, CO
Also the son of sports car racer Brad Frisselle, Burt also got his first experience behind the wheel at Jim Hall's Kart Racing School where he demonstrated his innate talent by being the fastest driver in the class. In 2003, Burt made his rookie debut in the Barber Dodge Pro Series and had an impressive season - narrowly missing the Rookie of the Year title, but was thrilled to claim second place among the rookies and sixth place overall. His career highlights include taking the pole, achieving victory, and setting the fastest race lap at his first race weekend in the 2002 Formula Dodge National Championship along with bringing the No.6 MSR car from seventh to claim second in the last ten minutes of the race at Watkins Glen in the 2004 Grand American Rolex Series
JOHN "Buck" FULP Sandy Springs, SC
Starting with a two-liter Ferrari in 1959, he won the Governor’s Cup trophy in the fabled Nassau races, and in 1961 (with Skip Hudson) was the Under 2 Liter winners in the 12 Hours of Sebring, an event where he raced seven times …In his Lola T70-Chevrolet, he won the 1966 Riverside and Watkins Glen USRRC races … He also tried his hand at NASCAR and in 1961 finished seventh at Charlotte.
Born in Italy in 1959, Michael’s family moved to America in 1980, where Michael began his sports car racing career by winning his first race, and has shown little sign of backing down since that 1987 day … Starting in SCCA Club Racing, he notched an incredible five SCCA National Championship Runoffs titles in Showroom Stock B and C between 1989 – 1997 … in the professional ranks, he and his co-drivers shared six wins in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance series between 1993-95 … Michael has been a fixture in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge series since 1991, with 21 race wins and Drivers’ Championship trophies in 1996, ’98, ’99, 01 and ’02, plus the SCCA’s President’s Cup in 1994 … His career’s 100+ race wins at both amateur and professional levels have helped win the all-important Manufacturer Championships for Audi, Mazda, Honda, Acura and Toyota.
DIVINA GALICA Lakeville, CT
After 10 years as an International skier representing Great Britain at three Winter Olympic Games. Divina Galica, O.B.E. took up motor racing by a chance invitation in 1974 and has never looked back. During her career she has raced everything from Formula One to Semi Trucks and still occasionally drives in vintage events. In F1, Divina scored a second at Donington Park and a third at Brands Hatch in 1976, adding a second at Zandvoort in 1978. Won two FIA World Endurance Championship races (WEC) in 1980 with Alain Decadenet. Monza 1000km and Silverstone 6 hour.
CHIP GANASSI Pittsburgh, PA
Before he became a hugely-successful team owner, Chip was a driver – and a very good one. He began in Formula Ford, where he twice qualified for the SCCA runoffs. He then moved on to Super Vee and then Indy Cars. In 1982 He was the fastest rookie qualifier for the Indy-500. Over the past 20 years, Chip’s racing teams have won 134 major races 12 championships. In 2010 alone, the organization claimed 19 major victories, highlighted by the first-ever Triple Crown of American Racing with wins in the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. Chip’s teams also scored championships in both the IZOD IndyCar Series (their eighth) and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
OLIVER GAVIN Northamptonshire, England
Paul Gentilozzi is a major player in the motorsports industry graduating from sportsman drag racing to road racing as a driver and team owner and on into IndyCar team ownership. With a serious bent for engineering, he formed Rocketsports, Inc. in 1985 to design, build and develop road racing cars and engines with an emphasis on Trans-Am – a series he bought from the SCCA to rebuild its image. During that period he won a record 33 Trans-Am races as a driver in 207 starts including 68 podium finishes. He holds Trans-Am career records for prize money, fastest race laps, pole positions, top-fives, top-10s and lead-lap finishes. Gentilozzi also scored 11 IMSA victories. In addition, Rocketsports captured eight Trans-Am championships and 10 manufacturer’s titles for Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, Ford and Jaguar. The team fielded ChampCars for a number of years and was co-owner of the Series. In 2009, he formed RSR, LLC with his sons Tony and John to compete in the American Le Mans Series. With a business degree from the University of Michigan, Gentilozzi enjoyed great success in commercial real estate.
Peter Giddings (www.petergiddingsracing.com) became interested in sports and competition cars in the late 1950s, and has rebuilt/ supervised the restoration of a number of historic landmark racing cars, including the 1924 Lyons GP Bugatti, the Frazer Nash Union Special, several Monza Alfa Romeos, two Talbot Lago GP cars, Maserati 8CM “3011”, two “P3” Alfas, Bugatti 59, Alfa Romeo Tipo C, etc. In 1959 Peter began his racing adventures in a 1928 Frazer Nash, which gave a great account of itself at circuits and hillclimbs such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Goodwood, Oulton Park, Firle, Wiscombe, Bodiam and Crystal Palace. By 1961 Peter had qualified for a full FIA international license. Upon immigrating to the USA, Peter, in his Lyons Bugatti, collected second fastest time of day at a Ferrari club event at the Bridgehampton track, Long Island, New York. In 1985 Peter was presented the coveted “Phil Hill Trophy” presented to him personally by the great Juan Manuel Fangio. Subsequently Peter has won many awards including 2010 Motorsportsman of the Year, Charlie Gibson, Goodchild, Road and Track, Rolex, La Carrera. Pete Lovely, Cavallino, Rene Dreyfus, VARA and other prestigious trophies. Peter is also a multi-time champion of the North America Ferrari/ Maserati Historic Challenge series and has now reached the status of Grand Master.
MEMO (JOSÉ) GIDLEY Novato, CA
Memo began his career racing Karts. In his early years, he sold his apartment to fund his career and spent 4 months living in his car. He worked at the Jim Russell racing school as a mechanic to fund his career…eventually getting a chance in Champ Car with Derrick Walker in 1999, although this was as a short-term replacement. He did the same task for Gerry Forsythe a year later, and Chip Ganassi in 2001 - twice coming close to race victories. Since 2005 he has competed full time in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, co-driving with Michael McDowell to a victory in the Mexico City season finale
TOM GLOY Incline Village, CO
Tom is a former Formula Atlantic and Trans-Am Champion. He also raced in the 1980 and 1984 CART Champcar seasons, with 6 career starts, including the 1984 Indy-500. Despite competing in only 3 events in 1980, he finished 14th in points, a result of finishing each race in the top ten. In 1979 he won the Formula Atlantic Championship. In 1985, he completed in the IROC series as the representative from the SCCA - earned by winning the 1984 Trans-Am Championship. From 1997 to 1999 he owned a team in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series. Tom was later president of Blair Racing, which fielded a car driven by Alex Barron in the IRL IndyCar Series.
SCOTT GOODYEAR Newmarket, Ontario, CN
Raced in CART and IRL in '87-'96, scoring eight victories in 136 starts including 12 straight Indy 500s. Most notable were a second to Al Unser in the '92 Indy 500, a near-win loss to a penalty in the '95 Indy 500, and second to Arie Luyendyk in '97. Finished third in class in his only Le Mans start in ’96. Was ’02 inductee into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. Currently is a TV broadcast color commentator for IndyCar Series.
MAX GOLDMAN Harbor Springs, MI
Drove a Ferrari to second overall in the 1959 Canadian Sunset Grand Prix. Finshed sixth at Sebring driving a Corvette in 1956.
JOHN GORSLINE Rochester, NY
Race car driver insurance consultant John Gorsline’s company is widely-known for insurance packages geared to the needs of auto racers, since 1994 Gorsline, an Honorary Member of the RRDC, has made a financial investment in the careers of up-and-coming racers through the Human Performance Institute Scholarship, and a Driver Performance Enhancement Program.
It took 10 years after Jim started racing in a Formula Vee Beach to reach true success, and he didn’t stop there … He won a Showroom Stock Divisional title in 1984, then turned semi-pro for a year or so, winning the Road America IMSA Firestone Firehawk race in a Porsche 944 with Tom Bagley … His winning the SCCA Northeast Division championship eight times between 1988-2004 helped earn him the Division’s 1992 Driver of the Year award .. His first SCCA Club Racing Runoffs National Championship came in 1998 in the GT2 class with a Nissan 300ZX, a title which he repeated in 2003 with the first big win for the 350Z model ... with two Runoffs wins, three seconds and three third place finishes make Jim the model of consistency.
GARY GOVE Bothell, WA
Gary drove four years on the professional Can-Am circuit from 1978 to 1981. He is a car dealership manager for Pete Lovely – also a race driver. He is currently racing Alan Jones F1 car in Vintage racing.
In 1965, Bill was one of the first customers for Gerry Mong’s new Bobsy chassis for SCCA’s Sports-Racing classes in Club Racing competition, then switched to open-wheeled cars … in 1967 he was the SCCA Northeast Division titlist in Formula C with a Brabham BT18-Ford, then moved to the Formula B class, winning a pro race at Lime Rock in 1969 .. he spent the 1972 season in Europe, winning the British Formula Atlantic Championship, then raced the 1976 season in the European F/5000 series.
JAMES GUBELMANN Morristown, NJ
James started road racing in 1963 with a two-engined go kart (!!), but switched to two wheels in 1970 for AMA moto-cross racing … he turned to AMA road racing in the early 1990s and finished third in the 1991-92 750cc. sportsman and grand prix classes … between 2000 and 2008, he raced four times in the Pan American Road Rally, winning the Historic Class C in 2000 and placing second or third in that class the other three years – his successes coming over 120 cars in his class.
ROBERTO GUERRERO San Juan Capistrano, CA
Began racing karts at age 12 in South America, then moved to England in '70s to race in Formula Ford. Raced Formula 3 and Formula 2 in '80s, graduating to Formula 1 in '82. In the U.S. In '84 won Rookie of the Year in CART series and at Indy 500. Finished second, third, fourth and second in first four Indy 500 starts. Recovered from bad crash in '87 to qualify on '92 Indy 500 pole. Scored two IndyCar wins.
DICK GULDSTRAND North Hollywood, CA
Famed as a career Corvette driver, won three consecutive Pacific Coast championshis in '63-‘65, won the Daytona 24-Hour GT Class in '66, and set a GT track record at LeMans in '67. Drove for Roger Penske at both Daytona and Sebring, developed, raced and won with Camaros in the Trans-Am Series and with Lola in Can-Am for James Garner's American International Racers. Often called "Mr. Corvette", Guldstrand was the first inductee into Corvette Hall of Fame. Thereafter engineered and produced performance equipment and special-edition Corvettes for many years.
ALEX GURNEY Irvine, CA
Alex, the son of long-time RRDC member Dan Gurney, joins Butch Leitzinger, David Donohue, Boris Said and a few others as a second-generation RRDC member …In 10 short seasons of racing he went from dominating the 1997 Barber Former Dodge Midwest Championship season to Formula Atlantic and then into the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series where he shared (with Jon Fogarty) the 2007 Drivers’ Championship in the Daytona prototype category … drove in 20 DP class races in 2005-06, but came alive in ’07 to share seven wins with Fogarty.
DAN GURNEY Santa Ana, CA
Attracted to the burgeoning Southern California car culture of the late 40s through the 1960s, Dan began racing a Triumph TR2 in 1955 … There was the 1969 12 Hours of Sebring win in a factory Ferrari with Phil Hill and others, three Formula One wins at Rouen and Mexico City, sports car wins from Daytona to IRP and many others, but what vaulted Dan into the major spotlights were his five wins between 1963-68 in the Motor Trend 500 NASCAR races at Riverside in the Wood Brothers Fords, the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hour with A. J. Foyt in the Ford Mk IV, and the rainy win in the Belgian Grand Prix a week later in his own Gurney-Weslake Eagle .. with that win, he became the only American to win a F-1 race in a car of his own design .. only Dan and Mario Andretti can claim wins in F-1, Indy Cars, NASCAR and major international sports car races … In 1970, Dan retired as a driver, bought out partner Carroll Shelby to become sole owner of All-American Racers and went into high gear with design and production of the Eagle chassis for USAC Champ Car races … In the 1990s, AAR produced the cars for Toyota’s foray into the IMSA Camel GTP series … AAR Eagles for various series have won eight series championships, 78 individual races including the Indianapolis 500, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Rolex 24 At Daytona … Dan was also one of the founders of the Long Beach Grand Prix in suburban Los Angeles, America’s longest-surviving street race. Gurney is a member of both the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Janet began racing in SCCA in 1963 in her 1956 Jaguar XK140MC. While working as an engineer in the aerospace industry, she finished 6th overall in the Jag in the first Watkins Glen 500 (1964), powered by the first engine she ever built herself. First in class in the Sebring 12-Hour in 1967 (GT6) and 1970 (Under 2-Liter Prototype)…In 1977, she became the first woman to earn a starting spot in the Indianapolis 500, and also in the Daytona 500, where she finished 12th and Top Rookie. In a career total of 33 NASCAR Cup races, her best finish of 6th (Bristol, 1977) remains the best by a woman in the superspeedway era. In 1978, she finished 9th in the Indianapolis 500 with a team she formed, owned and managed herself. Her best finish in a career total of 11 Indy-car Championship races was 5th (Milwaukee, 1979). She earned top-10 starting positions and posted top-10 finishes in both Indy-car Championship races and NASCAR Cup races, and is the only woman ever to lead a NASCAR Cup race…She is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Her helmet and driver’s suit are in the Smithsonian. Her own book “Janet Guthrie: A Life at Full Throttle” (2005) was described by Sports Illustrated as “an uplifting work that is one of the best books ever written about racing.”
JIM HALL Midland, TX
Jim competed in Formula One from 1960 to 1963, participating in 12 World Championship Grands Prix and numerous non-Championship races. However his place in motorsport history came as the owner and driving force behind Chaparral Cars of Midland, Texas. During the 1960s in the United States Road Racing Championship, and later in the CanAm, his Chaparrals were the most innovative cars in racing. He was a very early adopter of aerodynamics applied to race cars and was leading proponent of that technology for an entire decade. Jim returned to prominence as a team owner in CART Champcar racing - scoring two wins in the Indianapolis 500 (1978 and 1980. Hall was honored by the RRDC at the 2012 Long Beach GP with "An Evening with Jim Hall Presented by Firestone". He is a member of both the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Peter parlayed an engineering degree from Purdue into a successful career as a racer, where he could speak to his crew in the technical language they could understand, and vice-versa … He quickly moved through the SCCA Formula Vee and Ford ranks into the professional USAC and SCCA Super Vee series in 1979-80, then leapfrogged into CART where he made 33 starts over a five-year span with a best finish of 2nd at the inaugural Cleveland race …road racing was still Peter’s forte, so solid seasons with Mazda’s IMSA GTO and Camel GTP programs, plus racing Mercury Cougars and Merkurs for Jack Roush, and factory Mazda RX-7s, lead to Camel GTO season championships in 1989 and ’91, as well as three class wins in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and a ride in the 1992 IROC series … multiple wins were added to Peter’s resume during his long tenure with the Honda of America Racing Team in Grand-Am Cup … other major wins include the 1985 Camel GTP race at Riverside in Jim Busby’s Porsche 962, and seven SCCA Trans-Am series wins in 1986-87 for Jack Roush.
NICK HAM Evergreen, CO
Raced Formula Ford in ‘75, ran IMSA Showroom Stock in '90-'96, with 11 wins, '92 GS champion, raced Supercup in '92-'94, earning sixth in Monaco. Six class wins in '94-'97 IMSA GT, including two at Sebring 12. Raced in FIA GT and Le Mans 24 in '97-'98 and Grand-Am in '04-'10, scoring eight class wins, including two in Daytona 24. Ran ALMS GTC in '11, finishing fourth at Sebring 12.
JOEY HAND Sacramento, CA
Joey began karting in 1995 and accumulated three US Championships, and seven National Championships. In 1998-1999 he raced in the Formula Mazda Pro Series scoring eight poles and nine wins. Drove for Valvoline Team USA in 1999-2000, competing in the Formula Palmer Audi series in England. Has raced in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series (GT), American Le Mans Series (GT2), Grand American Road Racing Series (DP & GS) and the SPEED World Challenge (Touring Car). During this time he has ten wins, twenty-eight podiums and two poles. Was named the Toyota Atlantic 2001 Rookie of the Year and has received the Gilles Villeneuve Award (2002) and the Jovy Marscelo Sportsmanship Award (2003).
JERRY HANSEN Minnesota
Jerry holds the record for the most SCCA National Racing Championships – an amazing 27 – more than twice that of his leading competitor. His multiple titles include A-Production, A-Sports Racing, B-Production, B-Sports Racing, C-Sports Racing, Formula A, Formula B, and GT-1. Although some of his amateur competitors accused him of “rolling up the score”, Jerry proved himself a top competitor in professional racing – running up front in the Can-Am, F-5000, and other sports car series. Hansen was the 1971 recipient of the SCCA President's Cup when he won ASR and FA at the Run-Offs.
TREVOR HARRIS Sunland, CA
Trevor Harris began designing and building racing and high-performance cars as young teenager with a highly modified 1937 Lincoln Zephyr street rod dubbed the “Travarri”. While still in high school, he was a test technician for guided missile electronics in Boeing's R&D department. Still a teenager, Harris built a variety of street and track machines including the beautiful Harris Special. His first professional racecar was Jerry Grant's Bardahl Special in 1964. His early projects involved the abortive Car X Can-Am racer, the Toyota Group 6 Prototype and the Crown Corv-8 Kit car. In 1969, Harris joined Shadow, conceiving and designing the radical tiny-tired AVS-Shadow Can-Am car. He designed the chassis for Peter Brock's all-conquering BRE Datsun 510s and 240Zs and the BRE Formula 500 Lotus. In between major car projects, Harris designed and developed a low pressure production car fuel injection system, an up-and-down pedaling bicycle, patented variable speed transmissions for industrial and bicycle use and designed a Yamaha short track motorcycle for Kenny Roberts. Back into racecars in 1979, he designed in quick succession the Shadow Formula 1 car, the Frissbee Can-Am car, the championship winning VDS-001 Can-Am car for Geoff Brabham, the Galles Can-Am championship car for Al Unser, Jr and the Galles-All American Racers Eagle Indy car. In the mid-80s, Harris designed championship-winning off-road Nissan trucks for Eltramotive - the beginning of a winning relationship when Electramotive became the foundation for Nissan Performance Technology. Harris was chief designer and trackside engineer of the dominating NPT Nissan GTP car for Geoff Brabham for four years. In between, he designed the Pikes Peak class-winning 4WD Nissan pickup for Steve Millen. Since his Electramotive days, Harris Dynamics has been involved in numerous programs in IndyCar, IRL, bicycles, mountain bikes, trophy trucks and variable speed automotive transmissions.
Known to everybody in the paddock as 'Colonel Joe' following his illustrious United States Air Force career. Won his first SCCA National Championship at the Runoffs at age 55, and as of September 2003, was still a viable threat to win the Runoffs at age 84. Competed in the Runoffs every year between 1969 and 1996. Four-time Runoffs National Champion. 1974 in G Production in a Sprite; 1976, 1981 and 1982 in a G/P Datsun Spl. 311. Bought his first sports car, a MG-TD in 1953 while on duty in Germany. Began racing in 1964 with his Sprite, then became the Dean of racing vintage Datsuns in a high-tech world. 4-time Washington DC Region champion in the 1960s. SCCA Northeast Division champion 22 out of 29 years between 1969 and 1997. Went into semi-retirement in 1997 after he and his late wife, Lois, were seriously injured in a highway accident, but unable to stay away from racing forever.
STUART HAYNER Yorba Linda, CA
Stu is one of America’s top production car drivers – winning in the Trans-Am, the Grand-Am and other professional sports car series. Began his career racing karts.
HURLEY HAYWOOD Jacksonville, FL
America’s all-time winningest endurance driver – Has won the 24-Hours-of Daytona a record five times and LeMans three times. Began racing under the guidance of Porsche driver Peter Gregg in the late 1960’s and went on to score most of his major wins in Porsches.- although he captured the 1988 Trans-Am Championship behind the wheel of an Audi Quattro. Recorded his most recent victory this past fall in the Rolex Sports Car race at Homestead, Florida. A member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, he is VP of Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jim joined SCCA in 1956 so he could race his MG-TD, then graduated to an E Production class Morgan the next year … He raced open-wheel cars the next year, first a Cooper Mk. 5, then a Mk. 10 … Raced a Crosley-powered Three-Quarter Midget at the Teaneck, N. J. Armory under the pseudonym “Eddie James” to avoid attracting the attention of the SCCA, which frowned on their members racing professionally … Jim added an SCCA National Championship to his resume in 1959 with a Formula 3 Cooper Mk. 13, and a second one in 1963 with a Formula Junior Lotus 20 …In 1959, he took time from his job at IBM to race an F-2 Cooper-Climax in Europe with races at Zandvoort, Snetterton, Mallory Park, and a hillclimb at Bouley Bay …Drove the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring in a Jocko - which was the highest-placed American Formula Junior in the F-Jr. support race …Assumed management of Lime Rock Park in 1964, then sold it in 1987 to Skip Barber … his final professional race was the 1966 Daytona 24-hour in a Porsche 904 GTS with Sam Posey …He continued vintage racing until 1984 with a Porsche RSK and the Fitch-Whitmore Special … served as VP of Special Projects with SCCA from 1987-89, then became President of Road America until his 2000 retirement.
BOB HEBERT Monterey, MA
After being an SCCA privateer in the early ‘70s, drove for Lotus Racing East in the U.S., South America and Canada, including SCCA runoffs in Atlanta in '70-'74. Seven Daytona 24-hour races, including a running a Firebird in '87 with Charlie Gibson, a sixth-in-class finish in an Argo-Mazda in '90 and a dnf with French (Canaska/Southwind) Dodge Viper team in ‘96. Regular driver, and multiple winner, for Donovan Motorsports "Select Edition" Jaguar historic racing team. SVRA Driver of the Year in '00.
LUDWIG HEIMRATH JR. Spanaway, WA
Won '79 and '80 Ontario Formula Ford championship, raced in IMSA and Trans-Am in '81 and '82. Robert Bosch Super Vee Rookie of the Year in ‘83, winning at Phoenix in ’83 and ‘84. Drove prototype in Le Mans 24. Raced in Trans-Am and IMSA GTP in '84-'86 and in IndyCar in '87-'90, finishing 13th at '89 Indy 500.
Since John Heinricy is the retired Director of High-Performance Vehicles for General Motors, it is no surprise that 249 of his 250 professional road races were in cars powered by GM engines … In fact, a General Motors V-8 engine powered all but three of the cars he has ever raced … John remains a living legend to Corvette owners around the world for his career’s development of the car they love so much, and his success racing them … Along with eternal co-driver and fellow RRDC member Don Knowles, the duo became the most dominant Street Stock endurance racing team in American history … has nine wins in 32 24-hour Street Stock races … member of a team of Corvette ZR-1 drivers who, in 1990, set three world land speed records and nine FIA international speed records at Ft. Stockton, Texas … over 40 professional racing wins in 7 series … 1989 IMSA Firestone Firehawk and SCCA Escort Endurance championships in the same year for different teams …1996-97 IMSA Endurance Champion in Pontiac Firebirds, winning the ’97 title on the last lap of the season … ultra-successful in SCCA Club Racing, too, where his 11 wins are the highest wins-to-starts percentage of any competitor … He and a fleet of General Motors-based race cars have been the all-time dominant force in the Runoffs Touring 1 class, winning the National Championship in 2001-02-03-04-05, the GT-1 National Championship in 1993, the American Sedan title in 2003-04-05-06, and Showroom Stock C in 2007 … so dedicated to racing that his 1993 marriage to his wife, Rita, took place in the Sebring paddock.
Chuck gave the Subaru Impreza brand its first SCCA Runoffs championships in 2005 and 2006, events sandwiched between two outstanding stints in the professional IMSA International Sedan, Firestone Firehawk and Grand-Am Koni Challenge series … He was the 1987 SCCA VW Cup titlist, ’91-’92 International Sedans, and won six Firehawk races in 61 starts over 13 seasons, has four wins in SCCA World Challenge and one in the former SCCA Racrtrucks series .… He’s also raced ARCA and ASA stock cars, too, and in 1992 was part of an Oldsmobile Aurora Aerotech team that set 26 world records …At Bonneville’s Salt Flats in 2001 he drove a Ford Ranger to a record 202.434 mph … He’s now content driving one of the factory Subaru Impreza sports cars in the Koni Challenge where he and co-driver won at Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock in the brand’s rookie season.
BRYAN HERTA Valencia, CA
Bryan is a former Team USA Scholarship winner. Began racing karts at age 12… moved up to the Skip Barber Series where he scored 14 victories in 16 races. Won the Indy Lights Championship in 1997. Was one of the top drivers in CART/Indy Car racing where he won four races and ten poles in an illustrious career. Also a winner in ALMS. Founder of the “Stars of Tomorrow” karting championship series.
Any driver with a win in the 12 Hours of Sebring can rightfully be proud of his career; John’s win came in 1987 in the Camel Lights class, followed by another win a few weeks later at West Palm Beach … He was also on the podium in the 1987 and 1988 Camel GT races in San Antonio, Texas, as well as the 1984 Sebring race …John has now turned to Vintage racing in a great collection of rides which includes a Chevron B21, Fabcar-Porsche and a Porsche 910 which he and fellow RRDC member Howard Cherry drove to a 2000 win at the Daytona Rolex Enduro, and which he and RRDC President Bobby Rahal drove to a three-hour race win at Mid-Ohio in 2003.
J.R. HILDEBRAND Sausalito, CA
Won '04 SCCA Formula Russell championship, second in '05 Pacific F2000 championship and Team USA Scholarship winner. Is the '06 U.S F2000 National champion and '09 Indy Lights champion. Tested Formula 1 for Force India team, contested two IndyCar races in '10, setting fastest lap of race at Infineon Raceway. As a rookie in '11 IndyCar Series, famously led the Indy 500 until the final turn,
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE Avon, IN
Started in karting, then finished third in the '03 Bridgestone Academy F2000 Series. Was '04 Rookie of the Year in Formula BMW USA with four poles and three wins. Moved to Star Mazda then ChampCar Atlantic Series and Firestone Indy Lights, finishing second with three wins in '10. Rookie of the Year in IZOD IndyCar Series with Newman-Haas Racing in '11. With Andretti Autosport in '12, scored podiums at Long Beach and Milwaukee. Qualified second for the Indy 500 and finished sixth.
Mike raced in the USAC Championship Car Series in the 1972-1976 seasons, with 28 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500. Was the 1972 Indy-500 Rookie of the year…finished in the top ten 13 times, with his best finish a 2nd position in 1972 at Ontario. In the 1978 Indy 500, Mike qualified a Penske Racing Cosworth for Mario Andretti, who was racing Formula 1 during qualification weekends.
DAVID HOBBS Milwaukee, WI
Before he became the widely-recognized Formula 1 color commentator for SPEED TV, David was a successful racer in his native England and throughout Europe, but achieved his greatest successes once he focused on American racing … Started with the SCCA’s Formula 5000 series in 1969, won 13 races in a four year span, and became the series champion in 1971 … followed that with a 1983 championship in the SCCA Trans-Am series, where he won four more races … had 11 wins in IMSA Camel GT events between 1977-83 in the GT and GTP classes … Finished 5th in his 1974 Indianapolis 500 debut for Roger Penske, one of four times he competed in the 500 … Led two laps in the 1976 Daytona 500 and did the Michigan 400 later that year ... raced in the 1979 IROC series … Back in Europe, he won the GT class and finished 8th overall driving a Lotus Elite in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans … His Le Mans career spans 20 races with third places in 1969 and 1984 ... Drove seven Formula 1 races between 1967-74 for McLaren, Honda, BRM and Penske, with five top 10 finishes and a career best of 7th in his final F-1 race, the 1974 Austrian GP, for Yardley-McLaren … Won four European Formula 5000 races between 1969-74, and the 1968 Monza 1000K World Sports Car Championship race … also has a 1969 European Touring Car GTU class win in the Nurburgring 6-hour, one in 1972 Tasman Cup, plus many non-championship sports car race wins from Kyalami to Mid-Ohio. Hobbs was a 2009 inductee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Began racing in 1976 in IMSA Radial Challenge. 1986-87 IMSA Kelly American Challenge champion. 1992 IMSA GTO champion. 1993 IMSA Radial Challenge champion. 1995-96 IMSA GTS champion. More than 50 pro race wins ... now operates Hoerr Racing Products and hrpworld.com, supplying race car components to teams worldwide.
HOWDY HOLMES Ann Arbor MI
Formula Atlantic Champion…Indianapolis-500 Rookie of the Year in 1979 - with seventh place finish...raced in the CART series for 7 seasons (1979-1980, 1982-1985, and 1988), with 72 career starts, including the Indianapolis 500 in each of those years except 1980. He finished in the top ten 26 times, with his best finish in 2nd position in 1984 at Phoenix. Holmes is currently the President of Chelsea Milling Company, the manufacturer of Jiffy mix baking mix, which was invented by his grandmother, Mabel White Holmes.
JOE HUFFAKER Jr. Sonoma, CA
RYAN HUNTER-REAY Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Hunter-Reay won the 2012 IndyCar Championship at the Fontana finale. He was the 2007 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year in 2008….winner IRL race at Watkins Glen. Grand-Am winner in 2007. Also raced in the A1GP Series. Scored three Toyota Atlantic race wins in 2002. Began racing karts…was a nine-time WKA/FIA National Series Champion…three-tine Grand National Champion. Moved up to the Barber Dodge Series in 1999.
One of many RRDC members who has contributed to the sport not through driving prowess, but rather through his work, since 1975 Wolfgang has been the Manager of Motorsports for the Robert Bosch Corp. In that capacity, he has always given the sport a little more spark.
JACKY ICKX Ohain, Belgium
JOHN IGLEHEART Seabrook, SC
A multi-time SCCA Sports-Racing Champion. Drives a 1957 O.S.C.A. in vintage competition.
Although Carl started racing in 1964 with a TR-3, and 45 years later is still driving a thunderous GT-1 class car in SCCA Nationals, his big love is vintage car racing … For the past 10 years he has been Competition Director for the Sportscar Vintage Racing Assn., where he races a 1969 Camaro, and is Chief Steward for the Historic Grand Prix series … He also participated in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and La Carrera Panamericana.
STEFAN JOHANSSON Playa Del Rey, CA
Won '80 British Formula 3 championship and two European Formula 2 championship races before making '83 Formula 1 debut. Made 79 Grand Prix starts, recording 12 podium finishes. Debuted in '92 CART IndyCar and was Rookie of the Year. Won '97 Le Mans 24.
Amos carved two small niches in racing history when he won his Touring Under class in the first-ever IMSA GT race, 1971 at Virginia International Raceway, and two years prior raced in the first Talledega 500 … VIR was the first of 17 race wins for Team Highball in American Motors and Mazda cars in the GT classes, including the Daytona 24-hour in 1985-86-87-88; the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1982 and 1988, and twice in the Riverside six-hour … Amos and partner Dennis Shaw also excelled in IMSA’s International Sedan class (formerly “Baby Grand”) with another 17 wins and the 1973 season championship … he also competed in IMSA’s Kelly American Challenge, Renault Cup and Firehawk series, as well as SCCA Trans-Am … in the 1970s Amos led two-car American Motors assault on the Nurburgring 24-Hour race with fellow RRDC members Dennis Shaw, Lyn St. James and Jim Downing as his drivers …After retiring from the cockpit, Amos gave back to the sport by becoming IMSA’s Competition and Technical Director, where he wrote the rules for the World Sports Car class … he also held the same role in the former North American Touring Car Championship series.
Rising through the ranks as an instructor at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving at Sears Point to pay the racing bills, Parker was a champion in IMSA’s Renault Cup series and won an SCCA Club Racing national title. … He won an IMSA record 54 races in the Renault Cup, Firestone Firehawk, International Sedans, and Camel Lights …all but the Renault series wins were in factory-aided Hondas and Acuras which Parker and teammate Doug Peterson engineered and prepped ... Parker won the International Sedan series in 1987-88, was the 1987 Rookie of the Year in Formula Atlantic, and IMSA GTP Lights titlist in 1991-92-93 … open-wheel racing remained one of his ambitions, so when Honda went CART racing, Parker was the driver who gave Honda its first pole position and set a world closed-course speed record in the process.
DAVY JONES Genova, NV
Winner of the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Porsche….also placed second to Buddy Lazier in the 1996 Indianapolis 500, and won the 1990 24 Hours of Daytona driving a Jaguar XJR-12. In 1983 he finished 3rd in the British Formula Three Championship behind Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle. In 1986 he drove for the Factory BMW McLaren Team in IMSA GTP with teammate John Andretti and earned the only BMW GTP Victory that season at Watkins Glen.. Jones also made seven Winston Cup starts in 1995 for Jasper Motorsports with a best finish of 20th at Darlington Raceway and participated in the 1992 and 1993 editions of the International Race of Champions finishing 8th and 9th respectively.
MICHEL JORDAIN, JR. Huixquilucan, Mexico
TONY KANAAN Miami, FL
Tony won the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Championship driving Andretti Green Racing's 7-Eleven sponsored car - winning three times. That season he completed 3,305 laps, making him the first IndyCar Series driver to complete every possible lap in a season. He also led 889 laps in thirteen separate races to establish an IndyCar Series record. Tony is also the only driver to lead the Indianapolis 500 in each of his first seven starts, though he has yet to win this flagship event. He has a total of fourteen IRL race victories. He was the 1997 Indy Lights champion and his first major victory was the U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway for Forsythe
Vowing to never be beaten by equipment, R. W. “Kas" Kastner literally not only wrote the books on how to win races and championships with Triumph race cars, but ran the Triumph Competition Department as its manager from 1960 to 1972 ... before that he raced a Triumph TR-3 to an SCCA California Sports Car Club championship … As an independent engineer, he designed and built performance parts for many kinds of race cars, and even managed race teams … In 1986 he took on the task of making Nissan the force that Triumph had once been, only on a larger scale … he began as Motorsports national manager for Nissan North America then moved on to be Vice President of Operations for Nissan Performance Technology during the height of they IMSA GTP program, with a staff of 225 under him … Kas served on the SCCA’s Cal Club’s Board of Governors, authored the top tech story of 1963 in the SCCA’s member magazine, and in 1964 headed the club’s driver training program.
Marty is a veteran Chief Steward of world-class races …His five-plus decades of racing involvement began in the mid-1950s as a racer on Southern California’s drag strips, then SCCA autocross and Club Racing … Taking time from his business world in marketing and finance for several large corporations, he promoted some SCCA Nationals through the San Francisco Jaycees, leading to his current administrative roles in racing … From 1984-86 he traveled with the Trans-Am series and became its Chief Steward in 1986 … then joined IMSA as its Race Director 1987 … His first race at the helm was the Rolex 24 At Daytona … He continues to be “the man in the tower,” as the final word, at all American Le Mans Series races.
LEHMAN ("LEH") KEEN Charleston, SC
Charlie first became visible in IMSA Camel GT racing, sharing the 1972 GT class win at Daytona … he raced a Lola T222-Chevy in the 1972 SCCA Can-Am series, then made a quantum leap to one of the ex-Penske Porsche 917/10K cars – paired with George Follmer – for team owner Bobby Rinzler … Charlie had the honor of scoring the team’s first win in its first race, at Mosport.
TOMMY KENDALL Santa Monica, CA
One of the Trans-Am’s greatest drivers. Tommy began his racing career driving a Mazda RX-7 in IMSA GTU competition –winning the 1986 and 1987 championships….also won the 1986 Firehawk Championship. He went on to dominate the SCCA Trans-Am Series in the 1990s, scoring four Series Championships. His greatest year came in 1997, when he won eleven consecutive Trans-Am races- breaking Mark Donohue’s record. Competed in six IROC Championships… Ran in fourteen NASCAR Winston Cup races between 1987 to 1998… also had one start in the Australian Bathurst 1000. In the 2000s, Kendall became a television analyst for the Champ Car Series. He is also the host of the Speed Test Drive promotional television series
Larry earned his competition license in 1964 from the Long Island Sports Car Assn … His first race car was a Triumph TR-4 for SCCA Club Racing events … In 1987 he not only turned semi-pro while racing in IMSA’s Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship series, but he became an event sponsor as well, backing the Burger King 24-Hour Firehawk race at Watkins Glen through his Burger King chain … Over the years, and most recently in SVRA and HSR events, Larry has driven a garden salad variety of cars such as Peugeot, Mitsubishi, Alfa Romeo, Mustang and an Elva Mk VIII.
Strong Porsche runner in early days of IMSA’s Camel GT series. Scored his first GTU class win at Summit Point in 1971. Switched to Porsche 911 in 1972 and won Mid-Ohio plus twice at Daytona. Wins in 1973 at Pocono, Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock. Won again at Lime Rock in 1974, then not again until 1976 when he switched to a Chevrolet Monza after a 12 Hours of Sebring win and knocked off Mid-Ohio and Daytona. Also did 24 Hours of Le Mans 1972, ’74, and ’76.
BILL KING Charlotte, NC
Publicist, marketer, journalist and race series organizer, working for Nick Craw, Leo Mehl, Paul Pfanner and Roger Werner. Original program manager, SCCA Spec Racer/Sports Renault, ’84. Created Playboy Endurance Series (now World Challenge) from clean sheet of paper, ‘85. PR manager for Goodyear Racing. ’86-’92; contributing editor and special projects manager for RACER, ’94-‘01, general manager, Speedvision.com, ’99-’01; and business development for Swift Engineering and Morse Measurements. He received the 1976 Area III John C. Reuter Award. King's amateur racing career was highlighted by the SEDIV SSB title ('76). He was instrumental in launching the Renault Cup ('82).
James began racing a Porsche Roadster 1600S while a senior in college, but an army-sponsored tour of duty in Vietnam put his racing on hold until 1969 when he earned his first of three consecutive invitations to what is now the SCCA’s Runoffs, in the Formula Ford class … He jumped to the Formula B Club Racing class, then to professional Canadian Formula Atlantic series, driving for the late Doug Shierson … along the way, there were five more trips to the Runoffs … James became a factory March driver on its Formula 3 team in 1977, earning a sixth place in the BP F-3 Championship, and winning the series event at Cadwell Park, England … Between 1979 and ’87 he raced the Formula Atlantic class in both Club and pro series events, winning the Runoffs in 1982 with a Ralt … He put a roof over his helmet in 1987 long enough to finish second in the Camel Lights class of the Rolex 24 At Daytona with John Higgins, Howard Cherry and the late Chip Mead …The 1993 saw James change courses again, becoming deeply involved in Vintage racing through Shierson, winning the Watkins Glen F1 reunion in an ex-Brambilla March 761 … Since then he has raced historic F1, F2 and other sports cars on equally-historic circuits throughout Europe and the U. S., cherishing his third place finishes in an ex-Dan Gurney Brabham-Climax V8 F1 … In 1999 he drive the March 761 F-1 car to a fifth place in the FIA Thoroughbred Grand Prix Championship … In 2000 he co-founded Historic Grand Prix, which organizes and sanctions races throughout the U.S. for 1966-83 three-liter F1 cars.
One of the most widely-traveled and respected motor racing journalists in the business, Gordon’s byline has appeared in well-known magazines from America’s Road & Track to England’s Autosport …starting with a 1987 book with Emerson Fittipaldi on “The Art of Motor Racing,” Gordon has since authored biographies on Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, Mario Andretti, Greg Moore, the Unser family, and is currently writing one on the history of Newman/Haas Racing.
PIERRE KLEINUBING Pompano Beach, FL
Pierre was three-time karting champion (1989-‘91) in his native Brazil before moving to “tin-tops” and winning the 1992 and ‘95 Brazilian Touring Car titles. His U.S. debut was with IMSA in 1996. The following year, Peter joined Peter Cunningham’s RealTime Racing team and has since won five more touring car championships. He was World Challenge Rookie-of-the-Year that first year while winning the T2 category championship. He then won back-to-back SPEED Touring Car titles in 2000 and ’01 and notched his fourth and fifth championships in 2006 and 2009.
Began racing in 1966 with a Lotus Super 7, and proudly claims he has never owned a race car. Won 87 SCCA Nationals between 1966-78. Major IMSA Camel GT series career with 19 wins in 127 starts, including 2 at Daytona, 3 in the 12 Hours of Sebring, 4 times at Riverside and Road America. Drove the TWR Silk Cut Jaguar in the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans. Active Vintage racer for the last decade with European experience at Monaco and Goodwood.
Rick's first professional wins came in 1979 in IMSA Goodrich Radial Challenge 6-hour at Talladega in an AMC Concord, followed by GTU win at Road America in a Mazda RX-7. Won a Camel GTU class race at Pocono in 1981. First major win was 1983 Rolex 24 at Daytona’s GTO class in Mazda RX-7. Also that year won GTO class at Mosport. Won Group C2 class in 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jim Busby in a Lola T-616, then won The Longest Day at Nelson Ledges in a Porsche with Busby and Fred Baker. Also drove selected Winston Cup races in 1981 and 1987. Since then has been frequent competitor in Historic Stock Car Series, plus Vintage and Historic races
Following two SCCA Runoffs titles in the 1978-79 Showroom Stock B class with SAAB cars, Don graduated to endurance racing in the professional IMSA Firehawk and SCCA Escort series, learned his analytical mind had master strategist capabilities, and became one of the most successful drivers to ever compete in either series … has won a world record 14 24-hour races, and in both 1987 and ’88 won three 24-hour races … 12 race wins in 1989 Firehawk and Escort series alone … all-time Escort series winner with 19 wins … has 35 career wins in those two series plus VW Rabbit Cup, Renault Cup and IMSA Camel GT (with the factory Dodge team) … top American finisher at the 1982 Renault Cup International Challenge at Paul Ricard, France … team member of a Corvette team which, in 1990, set three world land speed endurance records and nine international speed records at Ft. Stockton, Tex., averaging over 175 mph for 24 hours … 1989 IMSA Firehawk Driver of the Year … Don then waited 27 years to get back into Club Racing and took up right where he left off, winning the 2006 SCCA Runoffs title in the Showroom Stock B class with a Pontiac Solstice, then back it up with 2007 and 2009 wins in the T2 class in a more modified version of the Solstice .. Don was featured in a 1990 Sports Illustrated story … talented writer who has won the 1980 Best Article award in SCCA’s Sports Car magazine, and has written about his win in a Canadian ice race for Road & Track … retired Director of Protected Resources for the National Marine Fisheries Service; former staffer on the U. S. Senate Committee on Appropriations; former Associate Deputy Secretary of U. S. Department of Interior. Knowles was 2011 recipient of the RRDC Bob Akin Award.
A member of the SCCA’s Philadelphia Region SCCA 1950, Oscar drove a 1948 MG-TC to his first SCCA Regional race win at Bone Stadium in September 1951. The following August he finished third on the Thompson (Conn) road course … He’s competed in hillclimbs, on public roads, airports, and real race tracks both small and world class … Drove many interesting cars, such as Ferrari, Cisitalia, Triumph, Ace Bristol, Lotus, Corvette, Cobra, Cooper-Chevrolet, Cooper-Ford, Alfas-Romeo, McLaren, and BMW, and competed in the SCCA’s Can-Am series … Won the A Sports-Racing class by :00.1 sec. in the inaugural SCCA American Road Race of Champions (now the Runoffs) at Road Atlanta … Finished second in the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash with teammates Tony Adamowicz and Brad Niemcek - all founders/perpetrators of the infamous PRDA (Polish Race Drivers Assoc)… Now teaches school children how to race safely with “no bumping” rules. Kovoelski was the 1983 recipient of the SCCA's prestigious Woolf Barnato Award.
TOM KRISTENSEN Hobro, Denmark
Long before Horst took his Alfa-Romeo GTA’s to the small-bore professional sedan fight against Nissan, he was already a prominent Club racer, winning four consecutive Central Division championships, the first B Sedan National Championship in 1966 and with it, the SCCA’s President’s Cup … The next year he won the Under 2 Liter title in the SCCA Trans-Am Championship … In 1968-69 he, along with Peter Revson, were Shelby Racing’s factory Mustang drivers in the primary Trans-Am series class, but he returned to his beloved Alfas in 1970 and beat Nissan for the U-2 class title … In 1973, he tried the Formula 5000 series for a year with a Lola T300-Chevrolet., but in 1974 joined forces with noted engineer Lee Dykstra to build the DeKon Chevrolet Monzas which went head to head with Porsche in the IMSA Camel GT series; Al Holbert won two AAGT class championships with these cars … Back to driving, he won two VW Cup Super Vee races in 1980.
AL LADER Gresham, OR
ANDY LALLY Northport NY
Andy is a three-time Rolex GT Champion and two-time GT class winner of the 24-Hours of Daytona – most recently 2009.. .Has rolled up 19 Rolex GT class victories. Results also include a second in class at the Petit LeMans, a second at Sebring and third in class at LeMans. Made his NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series in 2007… his first Sprint Cup start was at Watkins Glen in 2009 where he qualified an impressive 15th. A former Team USA Scholarship winner, he began racing in karts where he won two National Gold Cup Championships.
Like so many top drivers of the latter part of the 20th Century, Darren began his racing career in go karts, encouraged by his father Peter Law, who, in the late 1960s, was a fabricator for Mark Donohue’s Penske Racing cars. At age 14 he was already the IKF Junior national champion in Karts ... In 1987 Darren won the WestPro Sports 2000 Group B road racing series … His first prime visibility came in the 1996 North American Touring Car Championship, followed by Motorola Cup and Grand-Am Cup, with 11 race wins between the three series … He was the Grand American Road Racing Association’s GT class champion in 2001, then joined Brumos Racing in 2003 when the new Daytona Prototype class debuted, driving the team’s Red Bull Porsche-Fabcar ... also a strong competitor in selected American Le Mans Series races, he won the GT class at Mid-Ohio in 2004, driving a Porsche. Chief Instructor of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.
BOB LAZIER Vail, CO
Bob was CART's Rookie of the Year in 1981. He finished 9th in points for Fletcher Racing Team …finishing fourth at Watkins Glen and Mexico. Lazier also competed in the 1981 Indianapolis 500 -starting 13th and finishing 19th. after a blown engine caused him to retire….competed in many forms of motorsport in the 1970s including Formula 5000 and the SCCA Pro Super Vee series…In 1972, he placed third in the Formula Bchampionship series, one victory to his credit, and fifth in the Formula Super Vee Championship standings. He also was first in the MiDiv Formula Vee which qualified him for the American Road Race of Champions where he placed second. In 1971, competing in Formula B and Formula Vee, Lazier won both divisional titles and the National Formula B crowns.
Jaques ran in U.S. Formula Ford competition from 1989 to 1997 and also drove part-time in Indy Lights in 1997. In 2001 he drove for four different teams including TeamXtreme and Sam Schmidt Motorsports, he got his best chance with Team Menard, replacing Greg Ray. He won his second start for the team at Chicagoland Speedway…entered the 2004 season without a ride, but was the relief driver for Robby Gordon in the Indy 500 as he had to leave for Charlotte to drive in the Coca-Cola 600. Later that season he made eight starts for Patrick Racing after Al Unser, Jr. retired and posted several good results. In 2005. He struck a deal with the new Playa del Racing team to contest the Indy 500 but their funds were good only for that race. When veteran owner Chip Ganassi fired British driver Darren Manning, he called on Lazier to replace him for the remaining oval races of the season.. Without a full-time ride in 2006, Lazier returned to the 2007 Indy 500 with Playa Del Racing. He led for the first time at Indy for two laps when he stayed out on the track when the leaders pitted. However, he crashed late in the race and finished 27th.
Bob won his first of five SCCA Division championships in 1965 driving a Lotus Elan … a decade later he became one of Datsun’s primary racers in the U.S. with four Division titles in B Sedan and C Production between 1975-77 … turned to IMSA’s pro series with a Nissan 240SX and won the 1989 Camel GTU Drivers Championship … Brought his son, Butch, and stepson Chuck Kurtz into IMSA racing with a Nissan … Butch became a Le Mans and Daytona 24-hour winner and a four-time winner in NASCAR Busch North … Bob’s late wife, Sandra, was one of America’s best artists through her paintings of racing themes.
A second-generation racer and second-generation champion, Butch has driven and won in a variety of cars from off-road trucks to NASCAR Busch North to Busch Grand National to Winston Cup. Made his strongest mark in IMSA, SCCA and Grand-Am pro racing. World Sports Car champion in 1997 and 1998 with 10 wins in Dyson Racing R&S Fords. SCCA USRRC Rolex 24 at Daytona winner in 1999. 9 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series wins in 2000-2001-2002 and a third place in the 2001 24 Hours of Le Mans driving for Bentley. 3 SCCA Trans-Am series wins in 2002. Won IMSA ALMS race in 2003 at Infineon Raceway. As an example of his character, he once turned down an offer to be Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s backup driver because he had already committed to another (and possibly lesser) team.
BRUCE LEVEN Mercer Island, WA
IMSA driver/team owner from ’78 to ’90 with two victories as a driver. His Bayside Motorsports Camel GT team’s best year was ’87, scoring six victories in 11 starts – Sebring 12, Laguna Seca, Mid-Ohio, Sears Point, Columbus and Del Mar – with drivers Jochen Mass and Bobby Rahal. The team repeated at Sebring in ’88. His drivers read like a Who’s Who of international talent, and he often fielded multiple cars. Also fielded a CART team in ’89 and ’90.
JEFF LEWIS Lakeville, IN
Jeff has collected and restored historic sports, prototype and formula cars for over 30 years, including various Porsches (Spyder, 904/6, 908, 917, 962, GT3R), Ferraris (512M, 206sp, 500 Mondial) and F-1 cars (McLaren, Tyrell and Lotus.) He has driven historic races at most North American circuits, as well as most major European circuits.
SHANE LEWIS Jupiter, FL
Shane is widely considered one of the sport’s leading endurance racing and development drivers with race victories and Championships throughout the world. His 29 24-hour races include 13 at Daytona and three-each at Le Mans and the Nurbürgring, including victory in the 2010 German event. He has also raced in eight 12 Hours of Sebring, six petit lemans, four One-Lap of Americas and won the 1998 Professional Sports Car Racing’s Rising Star Award.
BOB LOBENBERG LaFayette, CA
One of the USA's best-ever amateur open-wheel drivers.. Won multiple SCCA National Championships in Formula Ford and S-2000 in the sport's most competitive era. Along with fellow RRDC member Dave Weitzenhoff, Bob dominated SCCA open-wheel racing in the 1980's. Also competed in IMSA GT racing and SCCA Trans-Am.
PATRICK LONG Belleair FL
A Porsche factory driver since 2003, Patrick is one of America's top young sports car talents...Has scored 16 major ALMS and Rolex wins – including two Daytona 24- Hour class victories, two LeMans class victories, a win at Sebring, along with multiple wins in the Petit LeMans. 2009 Daytona 24-Hour GT winner. Team Penske Porsche ALMS Prototype driver. Began his racing career in karting in the USA and Europe. Skip Barber Series Scholarship winner. Raced Formula Fords and Formula Renaults in England winning many major races.
BRETT LUNGER Wilmington, DE
Competed in F1, the Can-Am, F-5000, the Trans-Am and major international sports car races. Started 43 F1 races, but is best remembered for helping rescue Niki Lauda from his burning Ferarri at the Nurburgring. Brett scored a string of top finishes in the L&M F-5000 Series in the early 1970's...took a second place in the European F-5000 Championship race at Brands Hatch in 1973. Came home second in the Six Hours of Watkins Glen in 1974...Finished fourth in the 1978 BRDC International Trophy Race at Silverstone.
ARIE LUYENDYK, SR. Fountain Hills, AZ
Arie is best known for his 1990 and 1997 Indianapolis 500 victories; but throughout his distinguished career he has experienced success in many different forms of racing with victories in the 1989 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1998 24 Hours of Daytona. Arie represented IndyCar racing in the International Race of Champions (IROC) series on several occasions. His storied career lies now in the record books, and he has shifted his focus to managing Arie Luyendyk, Jr. in his IndyCar efforts.
PETE LYONS Big Bear City, CA
Pete began his career reporting on the North American scene for the British magazine Autosport, regularly attending great events like the Daytona 24-hour and 500-mile races, the Sebring 12-hour, the Indy 500, and the annual Formula One Grands Prix in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. A special favorite was the Can-Am and those glorious years are the basis for two of Pete’s books, CAN-AM and CAN-AM PHOTO HISTORY…Pete then went international, and spent four years as the F1 correspondent for both Autosport and AutoWeek….After several years as editor of the US racing monthly, which at first was called Formula and later renamed Racecar, Pete chose to become a freelancer once again. Today he contributes to a wide variety of automotive publications.
WALT MAAS Nevada City, CA
Walt won the IMSA GTU Championship in 1974 and finished second in the IMSA GTU Challenge in 1976.
CHRIS MACALLISTER Indianapolis, IN
Chris started competing on two wheels at age 16 and graduated to historic racing 25 years ago. He’s an active collector, restorer, tinkerer and general gear head who runs a heavy equipment dealership to pay for his vehicular interests.
BRUCE MacINNES Sheffield, MA
Bruce has been a Senior Instructor at The Skip Barber Racing School for over 30 years. He is a two time Pro-Formula Ford Champion, set 18 lap records, won the Lime Rock Can-AM, and was voted Formula Magazine’s Driver of The Year twice. He currently spends much of his time teaching Skip Barber Programs, Coaching, and flying his home built aircraft.
In 1953, aided by Dr. John Knight and Chandler Lawrence, Gordon organized one of the SCCA’s first Driver Schools, held at Thompson, Conn. … Gordon, himself, began racing that year in the C Production class, then switched to C Modified in 1958 through 1967 … In 1955 he drove one of the Morgan factory’s cars in the 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing fifth in class E with clothing designer John Weitz … in his C Production era, he finished 72% of his 85 starts in the top three of his class, an during that era set fastest time of day in the Mt. Equinox Hill Climb … in the late 1990s he re-started his career, this time in Vintage racing, and now with a Lotus Europa … even in his 80s, he’s still on the track, having fun.
One of IMSA’s most-dominant drivers during the 1970s and 1980s .. Scored his first pro win at VIRginia Int’l Raceway in 1971 in AMC Gremlin with Amos Johnson. 1979 champion in IMSA Champion Spark Plug Challenge. 1983 IMSA Camel GTU titlist, and 1984 IMSA Camel GTO champion. Three-time GTU winner at 12 Hours of Sebring. 20 career IMSA race wins, putting him 9th on all-time IMSA win list
KELLY MARSH Columbus, OH
IMSA GTU, GTO and Camel Lights racer in '80s and '90s, Won Daytona 24 and Road America and earned eight other podiums in '85. Set two Bonneville land speed records in Mazda 323GTX in '91 and '92. Active vintage racer since 1977.
BURDETTE MARTIN Northfield, IL
Burdie began his career in hot rod racing in 1946 and went on to compete in midgets on the dirt ovals and in hydroplane races. In 1950, however, he began a long association with the Sports Car Club of America as a road racer. He then became active as an official with the SCCA and in 1965 became the organization's chief steward. Four years later he was elected head of the SCCA Chicago region and was give the club's highest award, the Wolf Barnato Trophy. In the early 1970s he served as chief steward for Trans-Am, Can-Am, Super-Vee and North American F1 races. By 1974 he was assistant director of the SCCA's racing department. In 1983 he was appointed head of ACCUS, the sporting authority of the United States, and became America's delegate to the FISA Executive Committee. He later served as a Vice President of the FIA. Martin was a 2010 inductee into the SCCA Hall of Fame.
DAN MARVIN Berkeley, CA
Dan primarily competed in CASC North American Atlantic Championship competition from 1981 to 1984 and won the series title in 1984. He also drove in the SCCA Single-seater Can-Am Series and later drove in IMSA Camel Lights, winning several class victories in 1992 with teammate Parker Johnstone and finishing third in 1993 for Comptech Racing.
TIM McADAM Scottsdale, AZ
Tim was a regular competitor on the IMSA circuit in the 1990s often co-driving with Jim Downing in the GTP/Lights Kudzu-Mazda. Tim won class at the Daytona 24 (GT-‘92) and the Sebring 12 Hours (GTP/Lights-‘93). In 1994, he was SCCA Trans-Am Series Rookie of the Year. McAdam first raced in 1983 in Formula Fords.
BUZ McCALL Boca Raton, FL
Race driver and team owner, enjoyed great success in Trans-Am fielding championship-winning Camaros for Scott Sharp and Jack Baldwin, ’91-’93 – Sharp in ’91 (Baldwin runner-up), Baldwin in ’92 (Sharp runner-up) and Sharp in ’93. As a driver, competed in SCCA Club Racing beginning in ’82, IMSA GTU and GTO, finishing second in both championships and named Most Improved Driver in ’88. Fielded NASCAR team, ’94-’98.
DENISE McCLUGGAGE Santa Fe, NM
Denise was a race car driver from the 1940’s to the 1960s, and was a sports reporter for the New York Herald Tribune during the 1950s. She received the International Automotive Media Conference’s IAMA Recognition of Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, was enshrined in the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2001, and inducted into the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame in 2006. She was an outstanding race-car driver and is one of the most highly regarded journalists in the business.
JOHN McCOMB Milford, PA
John won the 1975 SCCA National Championship driving a TR-6 Triumph for Group 44. Went on to enjoy a successful pro career.
The ultimate 'been there, done that' driver. Began racing in 1945 at Portland (Ore.) Speedway in what would now be a NASCAR Nextel Cup-type car. Won the fabled 1950 Pan-American Road Race in an Oldsmobile. Competed in 86 Winston Cup races in three stints (1950-54, 1971-78, 1980-93). Finished sixth in 1954 season points after winning four of the season’s last nine races. His 14 professional race wins at the now-defunct Riverside Int’l Raceway are the most by any driver. 1986 Winston West champion (at age 59!!). While still competing in Winston West in 2001 at age 74, he was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. McGriff was a 2006 indluctee into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
TOM McINTYRE Burbank, CA
TERRY McKENNA Manchester, MO
ALLAN McNISH Monaco
Scottish born, and racing since the age of 11 in karts; six-time Scottish champion and three-time British champion. Then progressed through Formula Junior, F3, F3000 (second in British championship) en route to sports car racing, LeMans 24-Hour and F1. Factory team driver for both Porsche and Audi. Twice LeMans 24-Hour winner ('98, '08); four-time Sebring 12-Hour winner ('04, '06, '09, '12); '04 Nurburgring 1000k winner; three-time ALMS Champion ('00, '06, '07); four-time Petit LeMans winner ('00, '06, '07, '08). Runner-up for the '12 FIA World Endurance Championship. McNish is a sought-after television analyst.
RICK MEARS Jupiter, FL
Rick Mears dominated Indy car racing in the 1980s - winning the Indy-500 a record four times. He won a total of twenty-nine Indy car races for Team Penske- seven of which were on road courses. He won the coveted pole position forty times and he drove more miles during that decade than any other driver. Most impressively Mears won a record number of pole positions in 500-mile races, including six at the prestigious Indianapolis 500 race. Mears was also the Indianapolis 500 champion four times, tying two other drivers for the most wins at the Brickyard. Mears was named "Driver of the Decade" by the Associated Press for winning twenty races during the 1980s. After retiring in 1992 Mears continued to work for Roger Penske as a driving coach and adviser. Mears is a member of both the Motorsports Hall of Fame of American and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
CHARLES MENDEZ, JR. Atlanta, GA
Charles combined his passion for racing with the successful resurrection of the famed 12 Hours of Sebring. Under his guidance, with racing partner Dave Cowart, in 1978 the Sebring tradition was returned to international prominence with official FIA listing and the return of major corporate sponsors, auto manufacturers and the media. In recognition of his efforts as promoter of the race from 1978 -1982 and as a former winner in 1978 he became one of the original inductees into the Sebring Hall of Fame in 2002. In recent years, he has been active on the vintage circuit.
BRUCE MEYER Beverly Hills, CA
While Bruce has not raced over the years per se, his leadership of the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles plus his leadership in the Historic/Vintage automobile world qualifies him as an Honorary member. His personal collection of cars includes many of the greatest ever designed (D-Type Jag, Ferrari 250 SWB, Ferrari Testa Rosa, and the famous “Belly Tank” hot rod).
STEVE MILLEN Costa Mesa, CA
Steve began his racing career in hillclimbing in 1969. He then moved to the Formula Ford series…started competing in rally cars in the mid 1970s… switched to off-road racing in the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group (MTEG) stadium series in the early 1980s. He won the 1986, 1988, and 1989 Mickey Thompson Off-Road Grand Prix Grand National Sports Truck Championships. He also won two Indy Lights races in the series' inaugural 1986 season….switched to the IMSA Camel GT series in 1990. He was the 1990 24 Hours of LeMans Rookie of the Year. He won three races and took five pole positions in 1990. Had seven poles and five wins in 1991..won the 1992 IMSA GTS championship in a Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo car. He won the 12 Hours of Sebring and had top five finishes in the first four events before his 1993 season ended with injuries at Watkins Glen International. Returned in 1994, and won the IMSA GTS championship…won the 1994 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, and was first in class at the 24 Hours of LeMans. In 1995, he won the 12 Hours of Sebring and was invited to the International Race of Champions (IROC). Has the most all-time wins in IMSA GTS history – 20. His 23 pole positions are also a series record.
EDDIE MILLER CO
Eddie won the 1975 Professional Super Vee Championship driving a Bertil Lola 324. He also won the SCCA National Formula Ford Championship. Went on to drive Indy cars, but his career was curtailed by a crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
JIM MILLER Woodbridge, VA
Arch-rival to Randy Canfield. 3-time Runoffs winner in H Production with a Sprite -- 1975-83-84. Has 6 more finishes in the top 5.
KENPER MILLER Pittsford, NY
PRESTON MILLER Statesville, NC
For 17 years was program manager for Ford SVO and Ford Racing Technologies, including NASCAR program manager for Aerodynamic Development and Testing, Chassis Development and Engine Development, plus interfacing with all major sanctioning bodies. His '67 N.C. State mechanical engineering degree was the genesis of a tuning business, which led to his mechanical management of the highly-successful Miller+Norburn BMW tuning business, with multiple wins in '73-'75, including Nick Craw's championships. Operated Preston Miller Rennsport ('79-'83) with contract to build and develop BMW 320i for IMSA GT competition. Remained active in development and distribution of racing parts through 2009. Managed Jim Miller Racing ('83). Was crew chief for Don Knowles in early ‘80s, including Nelson Ledges 24-Hour win.
TOM MILNER Winchester, VA
In his over 40 years in the racing industry, Tom developed successful programs in a variety of racing venues, including IMSA, SCCA, NASCAR and Grand-Am. In an early partnership with Bill Scott Racing, Tom helped produce 10 Formula Vee, Super Vee and Formula Ford championships from 1964-1984. Campaigning a Ford Mustang in 1981, Tom’s Performance Technology Group scored two IMSA Camel GT victories. Over the last 15 years, PTG has added 14 additional championships in Manufacturer, Team and Driver divisions.
BILL MITCHELL Cheshire, CT
DOUG MOCKETT Manhattan Beach, CA
ALLAN MOFFAT Toorak, Victoria, Australia
Canadian-born, raced Cortina and Cougar in '60s Trans-Am, then moved to Australia, where he won over 100 Touring Car races from '65-'71, including three Bathurst 500 victories, one leading from pole to flag. Co-drove with Brian Redman to '75 Sebring 12 win, and co-drove with Bobby Rahal in '80 Le Mans 24.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA Miami, FL
John was just another talented West Coast SCCA Club racer with big aspirations and little money to make them happen until the 1970 season when the merger of John’s talents and personality and Peter Brock’s new affiliation with import car newcomer Datsun put both men and Datsun on the racing radar … The results were the 1970-71 SCCA National Championships in C Production, and 1971-72 SCCA Trans-Am 2.5 Challenge titles … John also won the C2 class in the 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Lola-Mazda, and two years later placed third overall in a Joest Porsche 956 … Focusing on IMSA’s Camel GT series for many years with the Group 44 Jaguar and Electramotive Nissan teams, he won 11 races including the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1993-94-95, and in 1994 again won his class at Le Mans …His focus in the 21st Century is Vintage and Historic racing from Goodwood to Monterey.
SIR STIRLING MOSS London, England
Sir Stirling Moss OBE is arguably the greatest all-round racing driver of all time and a true icon of the motor racing world. Known during his career as ‘Mr Motor Racing’ he became a professional driver in 1948, at the age of 18, racing a Cooper 500.His early career was meteoric, with works drives for both Jaguar and HWM. 1955 was a seminal year; he was signed by Mercedes-Benz to partner the legendary World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio. That year saw Stirling shadow the great Argentine in most Grands Prix, famously beating him to win the British GP at Aintree. In that same year, he also won the epic 1,000 mile Mille Miglia road race, at an astonishing average speed of 97.9mph on public roads, the Targa Florio road race and the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood.For four years he would finish runner-up in the Formula 1 Drivers World Championship, his sportsmanship at the Portuguese GP allowing Mike Hawthorn to win the 1958 Championship title by half a point at his expense. After Mercedes Benz retired from motor racing following the 1955 Le Mans tragedy, Stirling led the Maserati and Vanwall teams. He raced more than 80 different types of car, across all classes of motor sport, during his remarkable career.In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, he led the changeover to rear engined Formula 1 cars, achieving the first victory for such a car at the 1958 Argentine GP and was in a class of his own during this period. A near-fatal accident in a Lotus at Goodwood in 1962 ended it all. Moss is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
LOTHAR MOTSCHENBACHER Santa Ana, CA
Lothar was on of the top USRRC and Can-Am drivers in the sixties and seventies. A native of Germany, he came to the US in 1958 and began his racing career four years later behind the wheel of the ex-Ken Miles Dolphin Formula Junior...soon switched to a Lotus 22 - winning 34 races in 54 starts. In 1966 he moved up to the USRRC - driving a McLaren Mk II - and scored victories at St. Jovite and Mid-Ohio - ending up fourth in the Season Championship. Finished second in the Can-Am in 1970 and seventh in 1969.
MICHELE MOUTON Monaco
French-born rally driver competed in the FIA World Rally Championship in ’74-’86, winning ’81 Rallye Sanremo, the first – and so far only – woman with a WRC win. Followed in ’82 with victories in Portugal, Greece and Brazil and finished a close second for the WRC title. Won Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in ’84 and ’85, setting the Hill Record in ’85. Her rallying career included nine podiums and 160 stage wins in 50 starts. First President of the FIA’s Women and Motor Sport Commission.
Jim was a serious offshore sailboat racer who came to motorsports in 1975 by way of his passion for racecars of the 1950s and 1960’s. After five years in Barber Formula Fords and vintage racing in a Cooper Formula II, VSCCA competitor, Bob Akin, suggested IMSA. Mullen began by sharing drives in Mazda GTU cars before purchasing Brad Friselle’s superb RX-7 on the day Mazda hired Dave Kent to put together two entries for Daytona. Since Dave could only prepare one car, Mullen and his Mazda were elevated to the factory team. In 1982, he took his first IMSA win at Riverside with Jim Cook….In 1983, he joined Wayne Baker in a GTO Porsche 934 for five class wins and the 12 Hours of Sebring overall – the only time in IMSA history a GTO car prevailed over the top GTX and GTP classes. He finished the season one point behind GTO champion Baker. ….In 1984, Jim drove a Rondeau Cosworth Group C car to thirteenth at Le Mans, then teamed with Chet Vincentz in his Porsche 934 taking another four class wins out of seven events entered. In 1985, Jim joined Bob Akin and Hans Stuck in the Coca-Cola Porsche 962 until an eventful Road America accident took him vertically off-road, resulting in Porsche’s Al Holbert demanding a replacement. Stints in other GTP cars followed, with the best and last drive a 1986 partnership with John Kalagian in a March Buick, sadly ended by John’s Riverside accident…..Jim returned to Historic Racing in 1996 in a Chevron B19 before stepping up to a Spice Cosworth GTP/Group C car for 1998 and 1999. His final racecar was a 1992 Spice Chevrolet GTP that he campaigned in America and Europe for the next eight years, retiring at the end of the 2007 season.
David’s career began in Formula Fords, leading to the Sports Renault series. From 1981 to 1991, while driving everything he could get his hands on, he won numerous races and the 1985 Sports Renault Championship. In 1991,He drove an Esprit for the Lotus factory and immediately won two races, so impressing Porsche that they hired him away from Lotus as a factory driver…Driving a Porsche 968 in the Firestone Firehawk Series, Murry recorded three wins in the 1992 and 1993 seasons. In the same 968, he won five races and claimed the 1994. Firehawk Drivers Championship and the manufacturer’s title for Porsche while finishing second in the prestigious World Porsche Cup standings. David won the World Challenge Championship in a Porsche 911 Turbo and also drove for the Porsche factory at LeMans in their LMP1 car competing for the overall win.
CHARLES NEARBURG Dallas, TX
Charlie has been racing since 1973 when he ran a self-prepared Lotus Super 7, notching 20 SCCA victories and three divisional championships. He has competed in IndyCars and the great endurance races at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. He regularly runs his Williams FW07B/06 in historic races. Following his son Rett’s death in 2005, Charlie has focused on racing the “Spirit of Rett” streamliner at Bonneville. He now holds the 6 fastest unblown records at Bonneville at 348, 350, 360, 368, 392, and 414 MPH respectively.
CHRIS NEVILLE Scottsdale, AZ
Chris brings serious seat time to his job as a motorsports broadcast analyst having scored race wins in the SCCA Trans-Am, SPEED World Challenge, Star Formula Mazda, GT America Stock Car series and karts where he started at age 12. He was Trans-Am Rookie of the Year in 1998. After the 2000 season, the Purdue graduate decided to step from the drivers seat to in front of the camera becoming an integral part of Fox Sports/SPEED’s broadcast team.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN Hendersonville, TN
Currently in his second season with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, Newgarden brought an excellent resume to the IZOD IndyCar Series. He posted nine wins and 13 poles in Skip Barber regional and national competition, '06 through '08. At age 17, the Team USA Scholarship recipient became the first American to win the Formula Ford Festival Kent Class at Brands Hatch. In the following '09 season, he was runner-up in the British Formula Ford Championship with nine wins and four poles in 25 races. He also won two of three Formula Palmer Audi races. After an indifferent '10 GP3 season, he returned to the U.S. where he stormed to the Indy Lights title, winning five of the 14 races and a shot at IndyCar.
JON NORMAN Berkeley, CA
Jon raced this 1971 Alfa GTV in the original Trans-Am series, and still drives it today in historic events. Also raced Formula Atlantic. Led the SCCA Competition Board in the 1980's.
JOHNNY O'CONNELL Flowery Branch, GA
Pro driving career began as ‘87 Formula Atlantic West Champion and Rookie of the Year. Scored class wins in Sebring 12 in ’93 and ’95 and won overall in ’94. Also in ’94 scored a GTS class win at Le Mans 24. Ran one IndyCar season, and joined Corvette in 2001, winning class in Daytona 24, his first race with the team. Was ALMS GTS co-champion in ’03 and ’04 and ALMS GT1 co-champ in ’08.
BILL O'CONNOR Carmel, IN
Bill was a top driver in the glory days of Pro Formula Atlantic racing, competing against the likes of Bobby Rahal, Giles Vileneuve, and Price Cobb.
VICKI O'CONNOR Carmel, IN
Vicki has been involved in motor racing since 1968 -as a crew member, administrative assistant, team owner and business owner. She was the driving force behind the successful Atlantic Championship Series. From 1973 to 1983 she was Executive Assistant to Carl Haas, working with his F-5000 and Can Am teams. In 1983 she formed Pro-Motion Agency which operated the Sports 2000 Racing Series, and then the Toyota Atlantic Series which developed into the most successful and longest-running open-wheel driver development series in North America. Most recently, she served as VP of operations for the Legends of Motorsports Historic Car Series.
DR. STEVE OLVEY Miami, FL
Working as a track physician at Indy in ’66 led to many years in motorsports medicine, specializing in concussion and traumatic brain injury. Director of Medical Affairs for CART, ’78-’03. Author of Rapid Response, a bio of his career in motorsports medicine. Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at University of Miami Medical School; member of American College of Medicine Sports Safety Task Force; founding member of International Council of Motorsports Science; and founding fellow of the FIA Institute for Motorsport Safety.
While his racing career has been limited to running marathons (including Boston 12 times), J.J. O’Malley has covered motorsports in many capacities since 1973, when he was asked to interview Brian Redman to promote Pocono International Raceway’s upcoming IMSA Camel GT race … A native of Pittston, Pa., and graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., he was news editor for National Speed Sport News, sports writer for The Pocono Record, longtime communications director for Watkins Glen International, and public relations director for Homestead-Miami Speedway …Currently, he is senior editor for ISC Publications in Daytona Beach, Fla. … He has written several books, including two histories of racing at Watkins Glen, and most recently, a history of the Daytona 24 Hours … He is now writing a biography of NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine, and a biography of NASCAR founder William H.G. France …J.J. is also a frequent contributor to racingone.com and a number of leading motorsports publications. He formerly held an SCCA National announcers license, and does PA interviews from the pits at Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Barber Motorsports Park … He is currently working on his master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St. Leo’s University in Tampa.
ROBERT OVERBY Jacksonville, FL
One of the true gentlemen in road racing, despite being the man who did auto racing’s legendary 'All-Time Guy-Thing' -- on a dare by Roger Penske and Peter Ryan -- by driving a Hertz rental car into a hotel swimming pool in Monterey, Calif. Started racing in 1956 with a Triumph TR-3, then an AC Bristol, and a Ferrari 2.5 Testa Rosa. Drove his first of six 12 Hours of Sebring races in 1958 in a Corvette. Became the U. S. Auto Club’s road racing National Champion in 1959 and won the pre-Runoffs SCCA National Championship in the 1960 B Modified class, both driving one of the famed Meister Brauser Scarab-Chevrolets for the Peter Hand Brewing Co. His other famous car owners have included Briggs Cunningham, Luigi Chinetti, Holman-Moody, Alfred Momo and John Mecom Jr. 1961-63-64 Road America 500 winner. Competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in 1960, at age 26, and finished second in class driving a Ferrari; fourth the following year in a Maserati. Won the 12 Hours of Sebring’s GT class in 1963, and finished fourth overall, with young Roger Penske as his co-driver in Mecom’s Ferrari GTO, as part of an unprecedented Ferrari sweep of the top six places. Started to back down his racing in 1964 at age 31 but returned to the famed June Sprints at Road America in 1984 to win the Sports 2000 class. Multi-time winner since then in Road America and Watkins Glen Historic races with his famed Scarab. Pabst is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
AUGIE PABST III Oconomowoc, WI
Third generation of storied racing family, currently owns and runs a variety of cars in vintage and various open-wheel and sports car categories. Began racing an SCCA Spec Racer in ’91, competed successfully in Shelby Pro Series, ’93-’95. Has run US F2000, Grand-Am GS and vintage racing, often in his 1958 Meister Brau Scarab.
Dr. Donald Panoz, the son of a boxer, went on to create a successful pharmaceutical business, Mylan Laboratories in Morgantown, WV, then relocated to Ireland where he founded Elan Laboratories and created the method for transdermal delivery of medication … In1980, he and his wife, Nancy, returned to the U.S. and started building world-class resorts and wineries, such as Chateau Elan near Road Atlanta, the St. Andrews Bay Resort and Spa in Scotland, and the Diablo Grande Winery & Resort near Patterson, CA … His involvement in racing began with his son, Danny’s interest in building a high-performance street car called the Panoz Esperante, and was quickly followed with the Panoz GTR-1 race car in 1997 … The following year Panoz created the highly-successful American Le Mans Series for high-tech cars, returning international road racing to the U.S. … His Elan Motorsports Technologies now builds the chassis for the Star Mazda series cars, as well as all the chassis for the Champ Car World Series.
MAX PAPIS Mooresville, NC
DAN PARKINSON Canyon Country, CA
JOHN PAUL JR. Las Vegas, NV
John raced in IMSA, CART, and the Indy Racing League. In 1982 he won the Twelve Hours of Sebring co-driving with his father John Paul, Sr. After becoming the youngest-ever IMSA champion, he made 21 CART starts from 1982 to 1985 - scoring a win at Michigan International Speedway. He also finished 2nd in the 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jean Rondeau in a Porsche 956. In 1998 he won the Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and finished an IRL career best 11th in points. In seven Indy 500 starts his best finish was 7th in 1998.
Roger's semi-professional racing career was short, 1961 to 1965, and included wins in a 1963 GT class win at Sebring, USRRC Manufacturers race at Pensacola, and a NASCAR Winston West race at Riverside; plus an eighth place in the 1961 U. S. Grand Prix … his retirement in 1965 was to focus on his first business, a Chevrolet dealership in Philadelphia … With his work ethic, attention to detail and resources to do whatever it takes to represent his sponsors in a professional manner that may never be rivaled, through the start of the 2008 season, Penske Racing cars’ 295+ major race wins included 14 at the Indianapolis 500, the 2008 Daytona 500, 21 National Championships, 75 stock car races, 134 Indy car wins and 19 in the American le Mans Series … Regardless of whether Penske Racing fielded entries for Chevrolet, Porsche, Dodge, Honda or others, it was always understood that his team would have the latest and greatest equipment – much of which they developed – and as a reward, more than often delivered the desired results – race wins and championships …Among the team’s more notable drivers have been Mark Donohue, Rick Mears, Rusty Wallace, Danny Sullivan, Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves …Roger’s single Chevrolet store in Philadelphia grew into the Penske Automotive Group which has 300+ retail dealerships representing 40 brands … the Penske Corporation employs 40,000 people worldwide with revenues in excess of $20 billion, and includes, among other entities, Penske Performance and Penske Racing, and Penske Truck Leasing. Penske is a member of both the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
DOUG PETERSON Rancho Cordova, CA
Founder of Comptech Racing and multi-time SCCA National Champion. Won his first National Championship in 1982 (driving a Mini Cooper) and his most recent in 2004 (driving an Acura). In the 1990's, his Comptech Acura driven by Parker Johnstone dominated IMSA competition. The company also built Juan Pablo Montoya's 2000 Indy-500 winning engine.
Pete didn’t start road racing until 1988 with a Toyota MR2 in Showroom Stock, but quickly became one of the most dominant forces in SCCA Club Racing … Always racing Toyotas, since he is a Toyota and Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealer, he earned his first SCCA Runoffs National Championship title in 1991 with a GT3 class Toyota Corolla … added the second championship in 1995, and four more in 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2007 … Winner of the RRDC’s Mark Donohue Award in 1997.
PAUL PFANNER Laguna Beach, CA
DAVID PHILLIPS Pittsburgh, PA
FRED PHILLIPS Shreveport, LA
Fred was one of the fast guys in the early days of the US Robert Bosch Pro Super Series - always running up front. Winner of the 1974 SCCA Kimberly Cup.
GREG PICKETT Alamo, CA
Greg is a former SCCA Trans-Am Champion who holds the distinction of winning Trans-Am races in four different decades. Scored his first win in 1978 en route to the championship title. Won the GTO class in the 1987 12-hours of Sebring in a factory-backed Protofab Chevrolet Camaro. Returned to racing in 2007 and scored his seventeenth career Trans-Am win at Road Atlanta in 2009. Claimed a hugely popular LMP2 class win in the 2010 12-hours of Sebring.
ANDY PILGRIM Boca Raton, FL
Began racing an IMSA Renault Cup Alliance in the 80's. His serious professional racing began in 1996 when he made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut. He joined the Chevrolet Corvette factory team in 1999. In 2001 he was selected as Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s teammate in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the team finished second in class. He left the Corvette program in 2004 but stayed with General Motors, driving for the winning team at the Daytona 24 in a Doran-Pontiac and spending the rest of the season driving for the new Cadillac CTS-V factory team in the SPEED World Challenge GT Series. The following year he won the driver's championship in that series in his CTS-V. Staying with the team, he finished 3rd and 2nd in the series in 2006 and 2007. He also made his NASCAR Busch Series debut, driving two road course races for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s JR Motorsports team. In 2008 he continued to drive the SPEED World Challenge CTS-V, although it is now a privateer team rather than a factory program, sponsored by Remington. In 2009, Andy joined Randy Pobst as part of the K-Pax team, campaigning the Volvo_S60 in the SPEED World Challenge.
EMANUELE PIRRO Rome, Italy
RANDY POBST Gainesville, GA
Randy is the 2003, 2007, 2008 SPEED World Challenge GT champion and a two-time class winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, in 2001 and 2006. From 2004-2007, he drove for Tri-Point Mazda in the Speed World Challenge Touring Car series, finishing second in 2007. In 2007 and 2008, he won the Speed World Challenge GT Championship with K-Pax/3R Racing in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car. In 2008 he raced a Volkswagen GTI for APR Motorsport in the KONI Challenge Series and for Stevenson Motorsport at the 24 Hours of Daytona in a Pontiac GXP.
BEN PON Carmel Valley, CA
Ben competed internationally in Porsche sports cars throughout the 1960s and early 70s. He is a multiple class winner at LeMans and the Nurburgring. His career includes three FIA GT Cup starts and one class win, four World Sportscar Championship starts and at least six class wins in other non-championship events. Made one F1 start - the 1962 Dutch Grand Prix which ended in a violent crash and his vow to never race single-seaters again. Since his retirement from racing, he has turned his attention to the wine trade and is now known for his Bernardus Winery in Carmel, California.
SAM POSEY Sharon CT
Sam is the RRDC’s true renaissance man – a top international race driver, author, ABC and SPEED television broadcaster, architect/designer, and raconteur. Drove a F-Vee to fourth place in his first race in 1965. Quickly moved up to a Porsche 904. Went on to race in the USRRC, Can-Am, Trans Am, the Indy-500, F1 and Formula-5000 – finishing second in the Series in 1971. Drove a NART Ferrari to third overall at LeMans in 1971. Works driver for the BMW Motorsport 3.0 CSL Team... Sam, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and designed the chalets at Lime Rock Park – his home track.
WILL POWER Troutman, NC
1986 SCCA Kimberly Cup award winner … 1986-90-95-2002-03-05 Runoffs winner in G Production, all with venerable MG-A racer, an ancestor of the car in which he started racing in 1980.
Justin’s drive to win the hotly-contested SCCA Runoffs in Formula Ford in 2002 also went a long way toward his winning the RRDC's Mark Donohue Award that year … He is a three-time SCCA Runoffs National Champion in Formula C and Formula Ford – 1996 in F/C, 2002-03 in Fords … There are also two FC class pole positions and three in Fords on his resume, as is a notation that he has the innate talent to develop new cars to the point they work very well, and quickly.
SCOTT PRUETT Auburn, CA
One of the USA’s most successful and versatile road racers ever. Has competed in nearly every major American racing series -including NASCAR, CART, IRL, IMSA GT, SCCA Trans-AM, IROC, and the Rolex Grand Am Sports Car Series. Has won 11 major professional championships including multiple Trans Am, IMSA GTO and Rolex Sports Car titles. 1989 Indy-500 Co-Rookie of the Year. Winner of the CART Michigan 500. Runner-up in the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series. Scott is a former World Karting Champion and perhaps the ultimate example of achievement of success by an American driver.
MARK RAFFAUF Daytona Beach, FL
A 30-year-plus racing official, worked for John Bishop at IMSA from the early ‘70s, continuing through the mid ‘90s. Has been Grand-Am Road Racing's race director since its inception in ‘00. Is currently Managing Director of Competition, responsible for rules enforcement, events, regulations, driver conduct and briefings, and directing the Grand-Am operations staff. Is a past Race Director, Technical Director, Vice President and President of IMSA, as well as a past ACCUS/FIA board member and FIA Sports Prototype Commission member
A teenage aspiring amateur racer who drove his first race in Canada with a slightly-fudged date of birth, Bobby became an American racing icon as a driver, car owner, and administrator. Won a Formula Atlantic championship then took a hiatus from racing to work for a Chicago ad agency. Became CART’s 1982 Rookie of the Year, driving for Jim Trueman’s Red Roof Inns team. Won the Indianapolis 500 in 1986 , CART Champion in ’86, ’87 and ’92, and the series’ Driver of the Year in ’86 and ’92. Only owner/driver to win a CART title. In 17 years of CART racing won 24 races in 165 starts, on the podium 88 times. Has given back to the sport which made him famous. Owner of Team Rahal along with CBS Late Show host David Letterman, which now fields cars in Indy Racing League and Toyota Formula Atlantic. In 2004, Buddy Rice drove the Rahal-Letterman car to the Indianapolis 500 pole and race win. Spent nine months as CEO of Jaguar Formula One Racing, six months as Interim President and CEO of CART. On Boards of Directors for Central Ohio Children’s Charities and The Bobby Rahal Foundation. Still carries a 10-handicap in golf. President of the Road Racing Drivers Club. 1975 winner of the SCCA’s President’s Cup and Runoffs champion in Formula B. Rahal is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and was a 2013 inductee into the SCCA Hall of Fame.
GRAHAM RAHAL New Albany, OH
Graham, the son of RRDC President Bobby Rahal, began racing karts in 2001, and moved into Formula BMW Series in 2004. His career has spanned the Formula BMW USA series, the Star Mazda series, the A1 Grand Prix, Formula Atlantic, Champ Car World Series and the Indy Pro Series, encompassing 81 races with three poles and seven wins. Graham is the youngest winner in Indycar history - capturing the St. Pete GP in 2008 at age nineteen.
MIKE RAND Sharon, CT
Mike began racing with a Lotus 20 in 1968 and after winning an SCCA Divisional championship, he switched to a Brabham BT21 and won the 1970 Formula C National Championship Runoffs at Road Atlanta … He switched between Formula B and C cars in the 1970s, then won the pole at the Runoffs in 1980 … Has raced Formula Fords since 1992 with four wins and a 1994 NARRC Club Ford class title … Also left a positive mark in racing outside the cockpit as an instructor/manager of the Skip Barber Racing School between 1981-88, manager of the Barber-Saab Pro Series from 1986-88, vice president and general manager of Lime Rock Park between 1992-98, and oversaw the high-quality resurrection of VIRginia International Raceway in 1999-2000 and is currently the Series Administrator of the F2000 Championship Series. … his wife, Tracy, is the daughter of RRDC member Dan … his wife, Tracy, is the daughter of RRDC member Dan Carmichael.
Turned his 1959 racing start with a Morris 1000 Traveler into one of the world’s most impressive endurance careers. Four wins at Spa 1000km, three at Rolex 24 At Daytona, two each at Nurburgring 1000km, Kyalami 9hr, 12 Hours of Sebring, Imola 500km, Brands Hatch 6hr, Osterreichring 1000km, one each at Spa 500km, Nurburgring 500km, Vallelunga 1000km, Targa Florio, Dijon 1000km, Norisring, Mosport 6hr, and Watkins Glen 6hr. Has raced Formula One for SEFAC Ferrari, UOP Shadow, Frank Williams, BRM, Chevron. Raced Prototypes for John Wyer Gulf Porsche, Dr. Ing. H.c.F Porsche AG, Group 44 Jaguar, BMW Motorsports, Proteus Aston Martin. Raced Formula 5000 for Haas/Hall Chaparral team. 1974-75-76 Formula 5000 series champion for Haas/Hall. 1970 South African Springbok Champion. 1981 IMSA Camel GTP Champion. Currently races Lola, Chevron and Ford GT-40 cars in Vintage/Historic races. Promotes many of the country’s most-prestigious Vintage/Historic events. Contributing editor to Road & Track magazine, past president of the RRDC, life member of the British Racing Drivers Club. Inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit in 2002.
Winner of the 2004 Indianapolis-500…went on to finish third in the IRL Championship Series, scoring three wins and five poles. Began racing karts when he was eleven. Buddy’s professional car racing career began in 1996, when he drove in one U.S. F2000 event, finishing eighth…also drove in the Dodge Shelby Pro Series, winning from the pole at Las Vegas. In 1997 he finished fourth in the F-2000 Series.…also won the 1997 Valvoline Team USA Scholarship, and represented the United States in Europe’s Nations Cup. In 1998 he finished seventh in the Toyota Atlantic Series and won the Gilles Villeneuve Memorial Award. He finished fifth in the Toyota Atlantic championship the following year and in 2000 he won the Series Championship.
After a 1967 start on North Florida and South Georgia dirt ovals, by 1976 Tommy was NASCAR Busch Grand National races at Daytona, Talladega and Charlotte … he then made a switch to road racing with the new Kelly American Challenge series in 1977, earning the Most Improved Driver award and three times finished in second place … Since Tommy was more than just a driver, he deservedly won the Kelly series’ Mechanic of the Year award in 1982, and two years later the Drivers’ Championship, repeating that honor in 1985 …Ensuing years saw many ventures into IMSA GTO, SCCA Trans-Am, NASCAR Winston Cup, ARCA and F.I.A. races offshore, resulting in a 1987 GTO class win at Sebring, four IMSA GT wins, and two in Camel Lights … he returned to the cockpit in a big way in 2003, winning Grand-Am’s Rolex Series GTS class Drivers’ Championship.
BILL RILEY Mooresville, NC
BOB RILEY Mooresville, NC
EDWARD ROBINSON Augusta, GA
MAROLYN ROGERS Femandia Beach, FL
Marolyn was Chief Registrar for IMSA for 15 years and for the past nine years served on the International Motor Racing Research Center's Governing Council. She worked the first several years for Bill Warner and the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Marolyn is currently working with RM Auctions for their Concours at Amelia Island.
GUILLERMO ("MEMO") ROJAS Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico
Veteran Vintage car racer since 1987 who has had the privilege of driving some of the world’s most-famous marques, including Ford GT40 MkI and MkII, Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa, Lotus 11, Porsche 962C, ex-Rahal CART Lola-Cosworth, March-Chevrolet, and 1989 Formula 1 Ferrari.
JACK ROUSH Livonia, MI
KATHY RUDE Spanaway, WA
Began racing karts in the Pacific Northwest in ’76, graduating to Formula Ford, then tackled the Kelly American Challenge in ’80, winning the Women’s Championship. Joined Mazda factory IMSA GTU team in ’81 with three podiums; scored the first IMSA class win by a female racer, ‘82. Switched to Porsche in ’83 and survived a near-fatal crash at Brainerd. Later flew a Boeing 727 for the USPS. Currently corporate driving consultant and instructor.
HENRY RUDKIN Jr. Norwalk, CT
JOHNNY RUTHERFORD Fort Worth, TX
A three-time winner of the Indy 500, “Lone Star J.R.” is a tireless ambassador for American motorsports. In addition to the ’74, ’76 and ’80 Indy titles, won 24 other champ car races and 23 poles. Was ’80 CART Champion. In ’86 won all three 500-mile champ car races, a first. Won ’63 Daytona 500 qualifying race in his first NASCAR drive and competed in five IROC championships. Member of three motorsports Halls of Fame
Used a Turner 950 to begin his sportsman racing career in 1960. Switched to a Lotus 23 to become the 1963 Runoffs champion in F Modified. Won a Divisional title in 1964 with a Brabham BT5. Has been involved in Historic racing since 1979. IMSA Firehawk and Grand-Am Cup since 1994, mostly in Ford Mustang Cobras.
If it has wheels and looks like a fun vehicle to drive, Boris has raced it and probably put it in the winner’s circle … A native of New York City and son of late RRDC member Bob Said, Boris was inspired to go four-wheel racing when a friend gave him tickets to the Detroit Grand Prix and watched neighbor Bob Sharp race a Nissan in the Trans-Am support event … His first race was an SCCA Escort Endurance 12-hour at Road Atlanta in a Mustang, an event which he not only drove the whole thing by himself but was his own one-man pit crew … He won SCCA Runoffs National Championships in Showroom Stock GT in 1989-90-91, and his first professional title in 1992 while racing a Dodge Stealth in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship … He won the 2002 Trans-Am series driving title and in the process, Ford’s 100th win in the series … He graduated to the NASCAR Truck Series for the 1997-98 seasons and scored one win, but along the way befriended many Nationwide and Nextel Cup series drivers and team owners, making him much in demand as a test driver and occasional racer in the Nextel Cup series … His fee for testing the late Dale Earnhardt’s car prior to a race at Watkins Glen was to have his picture taken driving the car …In 2003 he won the pole at Sears Point, and in 2005 finished third in the Cup race at the Glen … During the 2005 season he shared a BMW M3 GTR in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring and won the race by five laps in weather ranging from sunshine to rain to snow.
TAKUMA SATO Shizuoka, Japan
A bicycle champion in his youth, Sato was late to motorized racing, starting karting in Japan at age 19. Two years later, he jumped from the All Japan F3 series to England where he competed in several junior series settling on British F3 in '99 and winning the championship in '01, plus the Macau GP and the Masters of Formula 3 races. The following season, Sato moved to F1 with Jordan and then BAR for three years before joining Super Aguri which folded in '08. After several one-time drives to finish the '08 season, he crossed the pond, eventually landing a CART drive with KV Racing in '10. He drove for Rahal Letterman Lanigan in '12 and will be with A. J. Foyt Enterprises in '13.
BILL SCHMID, JR. Wilton, CT
Known as the "Flying Dentist", Bill won the prestigious Sports Car Club of America Presidents Cup in 1974. Raced Porsches and then a Mazda RX-7 in SCCA National competition.
In 1971, at age 19, Dorsey became the first person under age 21 to be awarded an SCCA National competition license. It turned out to be a good move on SCCA’s part, and a good one for American road racing as a whole …In 1985, his first professional racing season, he won the SCCA Lucas Pro Sports Renault title, followed that four years later with a Trans-Am championship in a Jack Roush Ford Mustang, and the 1990 Trans-Am title in a Roush Mercury Cougar … His longest tenure was 81 races in 11 years of Trans-Am racing, where he won 17 races and finished on the podium 43 times … He also had 56 starts in the IMSA Camel GT series and 42 in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk series, where he was a stalwart on Paul Rossi’s factory Dodge team …In all, Dorsey won 40 pro races in 242 starts on 47 circuits around the world … His other talents have earned him a sit-in keyboards job with the rock group “38 Special,” and a job with SPEED TV as a commentator-who-has-been-there.
Larry began racing in1968 with a Formula Vee, then turned semi-pro in 1974 in IMSA’s BFG Radial Challenge series with a BMW 2002. He won his first professional race in 1993 at age 57, in IMSA’s Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship series, driving a Pontiac Firebird with Doug Goad at Road Atlanta. He was named the series’ Rising Star that year… racing against men young enough to be his sons, he won his first series Drivers Championship , IMSA’s 1996 Exxon GTS-2 title, at age 60; and his fourth driving title in 1999 at age 63. His other three pro racing championships are a 1997 repeat of the IMSA GTS-2 title, again in 1998, and the 1999 SCCA U. S. Road Racing Championship series honors, in GT2; all with Porsches. His major class wins include the 1996 12 Hours of Sebring. Even though he has won over 20 races in five different series at 11 different tracks, his 1972, 1978 and 1987 efforts to retire were utter failures, and to this day he continues to be a force in professional racing.
VERN SCHUPPAN Adelaide, Australia
Vern drove in many categories, but arguably most of his success was as a sports car driver and was heavily associated with Porsche. He was the 1983 Japanese Sports-Prototype Champion, and followed his 1976 5th place finish and 1977 1982 2nd place finishes in the 24 hours of Le Mans by winning in 1983 driving a Porsche 956 with Al Holbert and Hurley Haywood. With Japanese backing, he also produced a road going evolution of the Porsche 962 called the Schuppan 962CR. He won the 1974 and 1976 Macau Grand Prix races… participated in 13 Formula One World Championship races, mostly for Ensign and Surtees….competed in three Indianapolis 500 races (1976, 1979, 1981), with a best result of third in 1981 driving a McLaren-Ford. Also won the Rothmans International Formula 5000 Series Championship.
TOM SCHWEITZ Winchester, VA
Tom is a four-time SCCA National Champion - winning in GT-4, Formula Ford and F-2000. Also finished second in GT-3. Top competitor in the F-2000 Pro Series.
ORIOL SERVIA Beverly Hills, CA
DON SESSLAR Lancaster, OH
The fabled dead-of-winter races in Nassau, Bahamas during the late 1950s and early 60s was the first place where Don’s talent excelled, with overall wins in the 50-mile and 200-mile races there in 1958 in his Porsche 550 RS … The new Porsche 718 RSK the next year, and a stellar co-driving job by Bob Holbert, resulted in a class win and fourth overall finish in the 12 Hours of Sebring … The SCCA’s highest award in Club racing, the President’s Cup, was earned by Don in 1959 at Marlboro, MD, with that Porsche RSK, along with the SCCA’s F Modified National Championship .. Don won his second National Championship in 1964, with his F Production Sunbeam Alpine.
MIKE SHANK Pataskala, Ohio
BOB SHARP Sherman, CT
Bob holds six Sports Car Club of America National Championships - less than a dozen drivers have won more. Not only an immensely talented race car driver, Sharp also was a successful race team owner, working with such noted drivers as Jim Fitzgerald, Brad Frisselle and legendary actor/race car driver Paul Newman. Actor Tom Cruise and NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton also have driven Bob Sharp Racing cars.
SCOTT SHARP Jupiter, FL
Scott is the 2009 ALMS P1 Co-Champion (along with fellow RRDC member David Brabham)..... Finished third in ALMS P2 in 2008. SCCA GT-2 National Champion in 1986... GT-1 Champion in 1987 and 1988....SCCA Trans-Am Champion in 1991 and 1993. Indy Racing League Co-Champion in 1996..... Scored nine victories in Indy Cars. Began racing in karts when he was eight years old – winning fifty out of seventy-five races.... The son of long-time RRDC member Bob Sharp.
Dennis quickly caught the racing bug after spectating a 1969 race at Virginia International, and in 1971, at age 18, won the first race he entered, an invitational IMSA event at Daytona … He quickly became the engine builder for Amos Johnson’s Team Highball between 1974 and 1992 , but also matured into a winning driver with 14 race wins and the 1985 series championship in IMSA’s BFG Radial Challenge and its successor series … Switching to the IMSA Camel GTU class with Johnson’s Mazda RX-7 cars, he is a three-time winner (1986-’87-’88) of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and knocked down a 12 Hours of Sebring win in the same class in 1988 … In the meantime, he won a 1982 IMSA Renault Challenge race … He now runs Dennis Shaw Racesports Performance Engines.
JEREMY SHAW Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Began writing about the sport while at school in England in 1974....has remained a contributor to Autosport magazine to this day....moved to the U.S. in 1985 to become Editorial Director of On Track magazine....edited the Autocourse CART/Champ Car Official Yearbook and provided the English language international television commentary for the CART/Champ Car World Series from 1994 to 2007....currently announces for the American Le Mans Series Radio network....founded the Team USA Scholarship as a means of helping young American race car drivers in 1990....organized the RRDC’s first West Coast dinner (honoring Dan Gurney) as part of the Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2009, and is hosting the "SAFE is FAST" RRDC/FIA Young Driver Symposiums....has raced himself in a variety of cars and series since 1978....highlights have included a lap record at Oulton Park, overtaking David Hobbs during the 1983 Tourist Trophy at Silverstone ("he won’t remember but I do!") and winning the Masters class during Pacific F2000 Championship races in 2006 and 2007.
Famous throughout the Pacific Northwest for his 43 years in racing, starting with an Austin Healey 100 in 1960. Has raced in Can-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA Camel GT and SCCA Trans-Am (5 wins). 11 times at 24 Hours of Daytona. Has raced great collection of cars including Lola T-70, ex-Team McLaren M8F, Eagle, Cobra, 8 models of Porsches including 917. Now races a Porsche 935 hybrid in Club events.
KAL SHOWKET Napa, CA
The 2004 winner of the SCCA’s Sportsman of the Year title and 2005 winner of the RRDC’s Mark Donohue award, Kris is one of many drivers who have parlayed that award into an invitation to join the Club … Starting in 1982 with a SCCA Showroom Stock Ford Mustang, Kris also competed in 56 IMSA Firestone Firehawk and Speedvision Cup races between 1986 and 1997, winning 13 of them, the 1993 Rising Star award and the 1995 Compact class Drivers’ Championship … Now a factory driver for the Subaru of America team in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge series – alongside RRDC member Chuck Hemmingson – Kris and Chuck won the 2007 season races at Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock.
VIC SKIRMANTS North Branch, MI
Working as a turn marshal inspired Vic to attend drivers school at Waterford Hills in 1965. He raced a 1956 356 Speedster at Waterford, Harewood and Mosport in Canada as well as local SCCA Regional Races and was the Canadian EP Champion in 1972. He began SCCA national racing in earnest in 1977 and raced in the Nationals through June of 1997, qualifying for the SCCA Run-Offs every year since 1978, with the exception of 1979. To date he has started 696 races, and has 310 first place finishes in class or overall. He continues to race a 356 and a 1962 Dolphin Porsche in Vintage events.
KEN SLAGLE Annapolis, MD
Ken captured the 1975 SCCA F-Production National Championship behind the wheel of a Triumph Spitfire - winning eight races in the process. Went on to win many SCCA National Championship races in a TR-7.
GUY SMITH East Yorkshire, England
Won British championship in ’87, his first year racing karts. Graduated to auto racing in ’92, winning the British Formula Renault title in ’95 and tested F1 car for Williams Grand Prix. He went through British F3 (’96-’97) to Indy Lights in ’98 where he was Rookie of the Year. Since ’00 has run primarily in ALMS. Won the ’03 Le Mans overall for Bentley. Had a brief stint in ChampCar in ’04.
MURRAY SMITH Washington Depot, CT
Murray is a well-known competitor in all forms of motorsports in a wide variety of vehicles but perhaps less recognized for his management experience in the field. He is past Chairman of BMP, the organization which runs the four major British Championships, Formula 3, British Touring Cars, GT and Superbikes and he is also a past member of the FIA Formula One Management Commission. Smith was the founder of the extraordinary Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Centre and also the instigator and organizer of the Legendes Historic Racing event at Mont Tremblant in Quebec. He was also the first to recognize the commercial potential of historic and classic car events and has been successfully involved with sponsorship development at Goodwood. Nurburgring, Monterey, Silverstone, Monaco and with Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale.
Began racing in 1955 with a Porsche Speedster, a stalwart of the grand era when road racers were "gentlemen, with no prize monies or factory assistance. We drove our cars to and from the races as far away from our home in New Jersey to Kansas City and Elkhart Lake, Wis.". Won an SCCA National Championship in his rookie year in what became F Production, then repeated the feat the next year in E Production. Won many hillclimbs and local club events using a Porsche-powered Volkswagen, and later, his Porsche Speedster.
AL SPEYER Nashville, TN
Al joined the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1974 and held several technical and management positions in motorsports before being tapped to manage the company’s return to open wheel racing in the mid-1990s. Since 2001, Al has served as Executive Director of Motorsports for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, directing the company’s racing programs, as well as its motorcycle and karting activities.
JOE SPOSATO Arcadia, CA
While not otherwise-occupied running his fire equipment business, Joe became one of the more successful sportsman open-wheel racers in the country … In the late 1970s he won SCCA Regional championships in both Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic, then earned the Canadian Automobile SportsClub’s 1979 Atlantic title …In 1990, he finished second in the Atlantic pro series.
KEN SQUIER Waterbury, CT
The voice of Ken Squier has been easily recognized, for the last 50 years, by a few thousand fans at the high banks of Vermont's Thunder Road, or a few million listening to the "Great American Race" from the high banks of the Daytona Speedway. Ken started out as an announcer at Mallets Bay and the Northeastern Speedway in the 1950's, before opening Thunder Road, the Barre, Vermont. quarter mile oval, which he still owns. Ken is one of the founders of World Sports Enterprises and the Motor Racing Network, where he served as announcer and play by play commentator. Ken worked for CBS Sports for over 25 years. It was there that he announced the first live flag to flag coverage of the Daytona 500 in 1979. He has received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Edited Sport Series and Outstanding National Sports Broadcaster. Squier is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Gave up a potential career as a piano teacher to become legendary proponent for bringing women into racing. First appeared on the radar screen when she placed second in an IMSA Kelly American Challenge race , IMSA GTO class wins at Road America, Watkins Glen and Daytona in 1985, then the 1987 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Her Watkins Glen win was the first solo GT race win by a woman. Second woman in history to race in Indianapolis 500. Indy 500 Rookie of the Year in 1992 after an 11th place finish; her first of seven starts. Qualified sixth there in 1994, highest start for a woman in America’s most-fabled race. Set a female driver world record closed course speed of 225.722 during the ‘95 race’s qualifying. Holds 31 international and national closed circuit records, two starts in 24 Hours of Le Mans, 53 SCCA Trans-Am starts and 62 in IMSA GT classes. Honored as Sports Illustrated’s top 100 women athletes of the 20th Century. Selected by Working Women magazine as one of 350 women who changed the world between 1976-96. Recipient of the 2001 Guiding Women in Sports award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports. Frequent television talk show guest and commentator on ESPN and ABC-TV. 1990-93 President of the Women’s Sports Foundation and active on a lengthy list of national advisory boards. Currently heads her Lyn St. James Foundation and working on Women’s Driver Development Programs. Her autobiographical book, 'The Ride of Your Life,' was published in 2002.
FRED STEVENSON Lakeville, CT
"Fast Freddie" was one of the top Formula Car racers in the 1960's and 1970's - winning in Formua B, Formula C and Formula Ford. Won the SCCA Pro Formula Continental Championship race at Lime Rock. Was one of the founders of Lotus East, a leading competition arm of Team Lotus in the US.
SIR JACKIE STEWART Northlants, England
Sir Jackie is a three-time F1 World Champion – winning in 1969, 1971, and 1973. Scored 27 Grand Prix victories. Won two Can Am races in 1971 driving for Carl Haas against the McLaren juggernaut. Began racing Porsches and AC Bristols under the assumed name of "A.N Another " to hide his motorsport aspirations from his parents. Won his first F3 race in 1964 in the rain and went on to win 11 of 12 races that year. In his first USA race, he won the 12-Hours of Marlboro driving a Cortina.. After retiring from competition he became an ABC Television commentator. Founded the Stewart Grand Prix Team with his son in 1997 and the team won the Nurburgring GP in 1999. Stewart is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Another devotee of the Austin-Healey Sprites … began racing in 1963 and in 1991 won his first H Production Runoffs title, then combined that with the SCCA President’s Cup honor, backed it all up with a repeat Runoffs championship in 1992. In addition to his two Runoffs championships, Ray has finished in the top 10 spots 11 times. Stone's racecar over the years is his original street car that he acquired at age 16.
Although Judy has spent some time behind the wheel of race cars ranging from VW Rabbits to Chevrolet Monzas to a vintage Osca Maserati, she is better known for her dual careers in racing public relations and as the person who, working for Penske Racing, brought the art of race timing and scoring into the 20th century, then wrote a best-selling book (in the racing market) about how do that … Judy was the RRDC’s secretary for many years, after her help was requested by Mark Donohue, and her well-outfitted hospitality RRDC motor home was an annual fixture at the SCCA Runoffs, with its door open to not only RRDC members, but to anybody in the racing community … Her corporate public relations business has listed companies from General Motors to Dunlop, Mattel, Duracell, Pirelli and BMW over the years. She expanded into NHRA drag racing p.r., first representing Chevrolet, then handling the p.r. for Don Schumacher’s multi-championship team. Her editing talents were used by the publishers of the Auto Racing USA book in the 1980s, and her racing-oriented affiliations include the Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Assn., and the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society ... in 2009 was honored with the Jim Chapman Award for Excellence in Motorsports Public Relations. She is currently doing p.r. for the RRDC and Steve Earle's Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. She is also one of the few alumnae of the original Cannonball Run, in which she competed in 1972.
Son of a famous pre-World War II driver by the same name, Hans won the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1986-87. Won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1986, ’88 and ’93, 24 Hours of Nurburgring in 1970 and ’98, 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in 1972, 1972 and ’90 German Touring Car champion, 1979 BMW Procar Series winner, 1985 Sportscar World Champion. Won the ADAC Supercup in 1987, and IMSA’s Bridgestone Supercar Championship in 1995. Has also raced Formula 1, Formula 2, European Touring Car Championship, SCCA Trans-Am Championship, and FIA GT Championship. Driving in SCCA SPEED World Challenge for BMW in 2003.
DANNY SULLIVAN Pebble Beach, CA
Danny participated in 15 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, all during 1983, debuting on March 13. He scored two championship points. The following year Sullivan returned to America, where he competed in the CART Championship Auto Racing Team open-wheel series winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1985. The "spin and win" footage of his red and white Miller American spinning through 360 degrees down the south short chute (between turns one and two) at Indy after passing Mario Andretti for the lead in the race's 120th lap has been played on countless motorsports programs. Recovering from the spin undamaged except for flat-spotted tires, Sullivan went into the pits for new rubber, then returned to the track and passed Mario a second time twenty laps later to go on for the win. Danny would set the pace at Indy again in 1988, leading 91 of the first 101 laps, until he drifted out and hard into the turn 1 wall. Nevertheless, he went on to win the CART series title for Roger Penske that year. In 1986, Sullivan was a guest star on the television show Miami Vice playing a race car driver accused of murdering a prostitute.
SIR JOHN SURTEES Kent, England
The only man to win World Championships on two wheels as well as four… After winning four World 500cc World Motorcycle Championships riding for MV Augusta, he switched to cars - making his Formula 1 debut racing for Lotus in the Monaco Grand Prix ….he scored a second place in only his second Formula One race - the 1960 British Grand Prix. He moved to Ferrari in 1963 and won the World Championship in 1964. Competed in the inaugural Can Am series in 1966, winning three of six races to capture the Championship. In 1970 he formed his own race team and spent nine seasons competing in Formula 5000, Formula 2 and Formula 1 as a constructor. Surtes is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
ED SWART Rolling Hills, CA
Ed’s racing career spans fifty years and 500+ races- beginning with karting in Europe. He started and managed three of his own racing teams in the Netherlands. He drove five years (1965-1969) for the Abarth factory in the European FIA Touring Car Challenge, winning the Championship three times and also the two liter FIA Sports/Prototype Championship title in 1970. He won the Dutch National Touring Car Championship five times and finished second in the 1971 South African Springbok Series with a Chevron B19. He moved to the US in 1980 and was a Board Member of the vintage Auto Racing Association and spent two years as its President. In 1999 Ed started the Historic Racing organization (HSR-West) in California, which has grown over the last ten years to include 400+ active members and running 6-8 events each year. Ed is still actively racing in a variety of Historic cars, including a Formula One - Formula Two - Two liter FIA Sports Racer and Can-Am cars. He has been honored by the KNAC (Royal Dutch Automobile Club) for his contribution to the Dutch auto racing sport and served as Clerk of the Course for seven Dutch F1 Grand Prix races and all the National and International races at Zandvoort, the Netherlands.
DR. LEE TALBOT McLean, Va.
Has raced for more than 60 years on four continents and in most every kind of race car. When an ecological research scientist in Africa, won class in ’61 East African Safari Rallye for the Rootes Group. Factory driver for BMC in California, Team Lotus in Asia (second in Malay GP), and Opel in European race and rallye. In the U.S. from ’83 to ’03, competed in both SCCA and vintage races, fielding multiple cars. SVRA ’10 Driver of the Year, is still a regular race winner, currently in a Ginetta G-4.
WAYNE TAYLOR Apopka, FL
A driver and owner of some repute, Taylor was ‘86 National Drivers Champion in his native South Africa. Moving to sports cars in Europe he was fourth at the 24 Hours of LeMans in '87. He was active in the FIA's WSC and IMSA's Camel GT, Camel Lights and Camel GTP series allowing him to win the IMSA WSC competition in '94 and '96, plus the Camel GT title in '94. Moving to the U.S. Taylor and his longtime technical partner Bill Riley were principals in Cadillac's LeMans effort. With teammate Max Angelelli, Taylor won the '05 Rolex 24 and Daytona and went on to take the GRAND-AM Sports Car Series championship. In mid-'06 backed by SunTrust Bank, Taylor formed Wayne Taylor Racing and shortly thereafter retired from regular driving duties. The team has done well scoring a half dozen victories.
DIDIER THEYS Scottsdale, AZ
At his retirement from professional driving after the 2008 season, Didier had recorded 61 podium finishes in sports cars with 18 victories including the great endurance races at Daytona (twice), Sebring and the Nurburgring, plus three straight podium finishes at Le Mans. The native Belgian was Grand-American champion in 2002. Before 1993, Didier had 47 CART series starts including three at Indianapolis and won half a dozen championships in smaller open wheel cars and karts
Ralph has over 50 SVRA wins in a Trans-Am Triumph, six season championships in Vintage GTP, the Sebring 12–Hour and Daytona 24-Hour. He holds two speed records at Bonneville. In 1986 he founded the “Highlands Classic”, a vintage sports car event for charity that he put on for 19 years. In 2010 he won the SVRA Mike Stott UBS Overall Endurance Championship driving the ex-Jim Downing Argo-Mazda. Thomas won three of the seven race series. Finishing second once and third once. This was Thomas' seventh overall endurance championship. In 2000, he won the Grand Am P2 class in the Six Hours of Watkins Glen.
Dr. DICK THOMPSON Wellington, FL
"The original "Flying Dentist", Dick won numerous Sports Car Club of America championships and was inducted in the Corvette Hall of Fame. In the 1970s, he raced for the factory Corvette team of Briggs Cunningham. He began racing in 1952 in one of the first 12 hour races at Sebring International Raceway driving to the track in his MG TD. He caught Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov's eye in 1956 when he was the only driver to compete in a production Corvette… won the SCCA championship in his Corvette in 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961 and 1962 in Classes A, B and C. He was selected to test drive a new Corvette Grand Sport at Sebring in December 1962. In 1963, he drove a Corvette Grand Sport to victory at Watkins Glen International. He took third place that year at Daytona International Speedway and won the GT class in 1970.
JERRY THOMPSON Manheim, PA
BRIAN TILL Lewis Center, OH
DR. TERRY TRAMMELL Pittsboro, IN
Began motorsports orthopedic medical career at Indy in ’70s. Particular focus on motorsports safety, with emphasis on injury prevention, management of acute injury, and rehabilitation. Was principal orthopedic physician to Indy drivers from ’81-’96, and Director of Medical Services for CART ’87-’96, continuing as Senior Consultant for orthopedic and spinal trauma until ’04. Founding member of International Council of Motorsports Sciences, and fellow of the FIA Institute for Motorsport Safety .
Started in 1953 on oval tracks with a 1937 Ford Coupe. Multi-time Runoffs champion, 1962 E Production, 1963-64 D Production, 1975 B Production. Brought the MG and Triumph brands to America’s forefront with Group 44 team which took professionalism in amateur racing to a new level. Progressed to Jaguars first in Club Racing, then in IMSA Camel GT series. Now restores World War II fighter planes.
First raced Jaguars (XK140MC & E-type) in New England SCCA regional events in late 50s and early 60s ... Returned to racing in 1988 in Barber Formula Ford, and VSCCA, SVRA and HSR vintage classes ... From 1990 – 1996 campaigned a D-type Jaguar, Ford GT Mk IV and Ralt Formula 2 at tracks across the United States, with a number of podium finishes …Winner, Skip Barber Racing Cup, 1994 … Ran Ford GT40 Mk IV at Bonneville speed week in 1996, at top speed of 226 and one-mile average of 187 mph ... Co-drove G &W Motorsports First Union Bank Porsche GT3 in Rolex 24 At Daytona (DNF in 1998; 9th in class in 1999) … Also continued vintage racing and won Monterey Historics Award in 1997 ... Continued in HSR/SVRA vintage GTP and FIA classes with Chevron B-36, Porsche 956, Ford GT40 and Lola T70 Spyder from 1999 to present, with many podium finishes. Winner of GTP 2 in 2003 HSR GTP / Group C Series Championship. Co-drove Synergy Racing Daytona Prototype in 2005 Rolex Daytona 24 (dnf). Overall winner of 2005 HSR GTP / Group C Series Championship. Winner of FIA class Rolex award, 2009 Monterey Historic Races.
Peter started racing in 1977 with a Triumph Spitfire, then became was one of the stars of IMSA Camel GT racing in its GTU class during the early 1990s, sharing his class win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona four times 1991-93, and picking off a 12 Hours of Sebring win in 1993 … His 1991 Daytona triumph earned him MOMO’s “Driver of the Race” honor.
MICHAEL VALIANTE Vancouver, BC, CN
Michael began racing karts and earned a full-season scholarship in the Skip Barber Series. In his first season, Michael was both the Series Champion and Rookie of the Year. He moved on the Barber Dodge Pro Series and then to the Toyota Atlantic Championship. In 2002 he won three races and led the points going into the final round in Denver, only to lose the championship to Jon Fogarty. In 2003 he finished third in the championship - again scoring three victories. In 2006, Michael competed in the Grand-Am series, where he and co-driver Rob Finlay finished ninth in the final standings. In 2007, as co-driver of the No. 19 Chip Ganassi Racing entry, Valiante recorded a career-best second-place finish at Iowa Speedway and six top-ten finishes. In 2008 Michael joined Wayne Taylor Racing and took the Dallara chassis to its first victory in the Grand-Am series. He also captured three pole positions, four podiums, two second place finishes and a third alongside teammate Max Angelleli. In 2009, Michael joined Michael Shank Racing and had four top fives, two podiums and four fastest race laps.
PETE VAN DER VATE Fairfax, VA
Like Ed Diehl, Randy Canfield and Brian Fuerstenau, van der Vate was noted as much for his car prep as for his driving. He prepped Pierre Mion's '59 National E Production Champion AC Bristol. The Sebring Sprite he piloted in ‘62 and '63 was prepared for Pat Mernone, daughter of Ed Mernone who later was involved in the construction of Summit Point Raceway. Pat drove on Saturday; Pete, on Sunday, winning the '63 G Prod national title. In ‘64, he built and shared a Morgan 4/4 series 4 with Mernone, winning his second straight G Prod National title in the first Runoffs at Riverside. He opened an Alfa Romeo repair and prep shop in the D.C. area and in ‘65 hooked up with Monty Winkler to co-drive and prep Alfa sedans in early Trans-Am Under 2-Liter competition. The pair won the ‘65 FIA 12-Hour at Marlboro, besting Colin Chapman's factory Lotus team in an Alfa Guilia TI Super. Was retired for five years when a sponsor bought him one of three F Prod Spitfires that Group 44 had built for the '72 season. He won the NEDIV championship but crashed at the Runoffs amidst a spirited lead duel with Rick Cline, John Kelly and eventual winner Jon Woodner. He has since confined his efforts to car prep for Winkler's racecars, both professional and vintage.
JOE VARDE Orlando, FL
Joe has four major driving championships to his credit - including the 2000 Motorola Cup (predecessor to Continental Tire Challenge) Super Grand Sport title. He began competing in sports cars in 1977 as a driver, and has crewed during several seasons as well - most notably earning the 1995 Crew Chief of the Year in the Ferrari Challenge. He has also worked on NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series teams. Overall, he has 56 professional race victories in six professional series spanning all of his different positions.
BOB VARSHA Atlanta, GA
Bob is the voice of Formula One racing in the US. Teaming with fellow RRDC member David Hobbs, he anchors the SpeedTV F1 race coverage. In 2002 and 2003, Bob was the host of network TV's Champcar coverage. In 2004, he returned to his Formula One hosting duties. In 2004, Bob was also a part-time host/narrator for SPEED's coverage of the World Rally Championship, - reporting on-site from the WRC's inaugural event in Mexico. He also hosts the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, Palm Beach, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada on Speed.
Jimmy won the 1996 IndyCar season Championship driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, and scored ten victories in the series. He made his CART debut in 1992 and qualified for the Indianapolis 500, setting a record for the fastest qualifying run by a first-year driver. Jimmy won four races in 1996 season, clinching the championship at the season's final race. In 2004 he became co-owner of PKV Racing (now KV Racing Technology) and was a driver for the team. In 2004 he broke the modern CART–Champ Car record for the most consecutive starts. Jimmy retired from open wheel racing in 2006, but remains active in his ownership role. He temporarily came out of retirement to drive in the final Champ Car World Series event at the 2008 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. In 2006, he competed in three Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona
TERRY VISGER Santa Clara, CA
Driving an MGB for Huffaker Engineering, Terry won multiple SCCA National Championships in the 1970's. Was awarded the prestigious SCCA Kinberly Cup in 1977. Later moved to IMSA where he was a top GT competitor in a Pontiac Fiero.
ED WACHS Lake Bluff, IL
In the heyday of the SCCA Trans-Am Championship’s 2.5 Challenge division, Ed was one of the strongest Alfa Romeo competitors, driving his Alfa GTV … Between 1967 and 1983, he scored numerous podium finishes in that series, plus SCCA Super Vee, VW Scirocco Cup, Bilstein Rabbit Cup, the two-liter Can-Am class, and even USAC stock cars …Now focused on Vintage racing, he’s won nine races and the SVRA’s BOSS Championship.
ANDY WALLACE Birmingham, England
In an impressive career Andy has finished on the podium in more than 70 major events, winning more than thirty - including the Le Mans 24 Hours (1988), the Daytona 24 Hours (1990, 1997, 1999), the Sebring 12 Hours (1992, 1993), the Silverstone 4 Hours (1995, 1996) and the Petit Le Mans (1999). Before that, the British born driver was also a star in single-seaters, winning the British Formula 3 title in 1986 with an impressive 11 victories. In recent years he has been one of the dominant performers in American sports car racing, mainly at the wheel of the Dyson Racing MG Lola EX257 in the American Le Mans Series. In March of 1998, driving a Mclaren F1, he set what was then a world speed record for a production-based car - 240.14 miles-per-hour.
E.J. WALSH Jr.
Since starting his on track career in 1994, Rob has primarily focused his efforts on racing vintage sports cars ... Over the years, Rob's involvement has expanded to include a variety of cars from 1600 c.c. Alfa Romeos to 427 Corvettes ... He has competed in over 60 events in the U. S., Europe, Africa, and Mexico ... In a form of motorsports best known for not giving trophies or awards, he has achieved considerable success ... Notable achievements include winning the Monterey Cup at the 2000 Monterey Historic Races, and the Rolex Award for Outstanding Presentation and Performance at the 2004 Lime Rock Vintage Fall Festival. He has several class wins in the multi-day, multi-race Tour Auto in France, and Vintage race wins at Road America, Laguna Seca, Sears Point, and Lime Rock .. In addition to his vintage activities, in 1995 – 98 Rob also competed in the IMSA Speedvision Cup. Sharing a Pontiac Firebird with Don Knowles … their best finish was a 1997 third place at Road Atlanta.
ROY WALZER Litchfield, CT
Raced at top level of historic and vintage events since early ‘90s. Multiple HSR Sprint and Enduro class victories with seven overall championships – ’99, ’02-’06, ’08-’09. Second o/a in Williams FW07, FIA Championship, Zolder in ’04. Merrill Lynch Award, Jefferson 500, ’99; New Driver Award, Spa, ’99; Rolex Award at Monterey, ’06; Driver of the Day at Silverstone and Earwood Sportsmanship Award, ’09.
Although his efforts in organized professional and amateur road racing have netted him one win in the former SCCA Escort Endurance series, Bill’s major contributions to the sport have been in preserving its history and significant cars. In 1996 he founded the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance; the show has raised over $1.2 million for the care of terminally-iIl children and adults .. In 1997 he was named the Volunteer Fund Raiser of the Year by the National Society of Fund Raising Enterprises. Has also judged at the Meadow Brook and Louis Vuitton Concours shows. In 2002 was named Meguiar’s Collector Car Hobbiest of the Year. One of the first participants in the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1971 and 1975 (the latter in a Hertz rental car). Has driven factory-sponsored cars for Saab in part of the world speed/distance record run at Talladega. Also widely-regarded as a professional photographer and writer for Road & Track and countless others, with many peer awards
Like so many others before and after John, his first race car was a Porsche Speedster … 10 years later he was in a new Porsche 911S which won a Chicago Region SCCA class championship and set a class track record at the old Wilmot Hills circuit … By 1968 he was racing a Porsche 906 which set a track record at Meadowdale and also won the Central Division and National Championship in the B Sports-Racing class … Starting in 1989, John, along with his son, Joel, became deeply-involved in racing vintage cars, including a Porsche 906, Lotus 23, Ferrari F-2, Maserati A66CS and an Alfa Romeo TZ1 … In these rides, he has won the 2001 USRRC Under 2 Liter title, and scored dozens of race wins at Road America, Laguna Seca and a street race in Grand Rapids, Mich. … his wife, Lisa, also does Vintage racing with an ex-Janet Guthrie Toyota Celica; and Joel made it to the SCCA Runoffs in 2006 in D Sports-Racing
1972 RRDC Mark Donohue Award winner. '77 SCCA President’s Cup winner. Seven SCCA National Championship Runoffs victories: Formula Vee ('72), Formula Ford ('77; '79, '81 and '87), Formula Continental ('92 and '98). American Formula Ford Assn Champion ('77, '79 and '83). Competed in '85 Formula Ford Race of Champions at British Grand Prix. Has also raced IMSA GTP and GTU. Has scored 187 pro and SCCA National race wins with 55 track records set since '68. Was the development driver for the SCCA Spec Renault (now Spec Racer Ford). Dave's wife Sherrie is a "Friend of the RRDC".
MARCO WERNER Ermatingen, Switzerland
ROGER WERNER Greenwich, CT
A top competitor in vintage and club racing, Roger made his greatest contribution to the sport as founder of SPEEDVISION – which he sold to Fox. Now as SPEEDTV, it is the prime television venue for road racing. Coverage includes: F1, the Rolex Series, the ALMS, and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Roger is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business. Werner was president of ESPN through the '80s and was instrumental in the dramatic increase in racing coverage on television, a significant factor in the spurt in popularity of motorsports in the U.S. during that decade.
DON WESTER Carmel Valley, CA
Don was a leading competitor in the USRRC Championship Series in the 1960's. Drove a Porsche RS-61 to second place at Laguna and scored many top finishes against more powerful machines.
DAVID WHITE Sr. Tampa, FL
DESIRE WILSON North Salt Lake, UT
Desiré is one of only five women to compete in Formula One. She entered one F1 World Championship Grand Prix in 1980 with a non-works Williams FW07 prepared by Brands Hatch Racing, but failed to qualify. She also raced in the 1981 non-championship South African Grand Prix. She became the only woman to win an F1 race of any kind, when she won at Brands Hatch in the short-lived British Aurora F1 series, which mostly featured older F1 cars. As a result of this achievement, she has a grandstand at Brands Hatch named after her. Following her attempts in Formula One, Wilson participated in other disciplines including IndyCar and sports car racing. In 1982, Wilson entered the Indianapolis 500, but failed to qualify. 1976 South African Formula Ford Champion. Finished 3rd in the Dutch/Benelux/European Formula Ford 2000 Championship in 1977.1978 South African Sportswoman of the Year. Finished 7th in the Aurora British Formula One championship and 3rd in the British Sports 2000 Championship in 1979. 1980 Aurora British Formula One Championship - 3 podiums in 4 races with one win. Overall winner of the Monza 1000km and Silverstone 6 hour World Endurance Championship races in 1980 with 3rd at Brands Hatch 1000km. 6th at Macau Grand Prix for Formula Atlantic cars. Finished 7th overall in 1983 24 hours of Le Mans. Drove in 8 CART Indy Car races in 1983 and 3 in 1986. Won 4 Escort Endurance races - 24 hours Mosport, Sebring 6 hour and Sears Point in 1986-88 with 7 more podiums. Races at the Goodwood Revival Historic event every year since 1999.
JUSTIN WILSON Longmont, CO
Justin began racing karts in 1987. In 1998, he was a finalist in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award and won the inaugural Formula Palmer Audi championship, taking nine race wins, including six of the final seven. A year later, he graduated to the FIA International Formula 3000 Series and won the championship in 2001 - setting a record winning margin in the process. He raced in the Champ Car series from 2004–07, scoring 4 wins. He competed in Formula One in the 2003 season with Minardi before signing with Jaguar Racing for the final five races of the season. He was the winner of the 2001 International Formula 3000 championship. He currently competes in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and scored a victory in the 2012 Daytona 24 for Mike Shank.
George’s road racing career was comparatively short – only a decade – but he squeezed two decades worth of success and fun into those years when there were only SCCA and FIA to contend … The popular hillclimbs in eastern Pennsylvania first caught George’s fancy, and by the time the 1962 season rolled around, he’d already traded his Porsche 1600 for an ex-Pedro Rodriguez Porsche RSK which he bought from Bob Holbert. That car, on SCCA road courses, the next year earned him an E Modified championship for the Northeast Division …The next rung on the ladder was a huge one, buying an Elva-Porsche, but first he shared Ed Lowther’s thundering 427 Cobra at Sebring to an unremarkable result … The Elva was used in the Mosport Players 200 race to a seventh place, then was quickly replaced with Roger Penske’s Cooper-Chevrolet for the West Coast series … A good run at Riverside until the engine broke encouraged George to step up the ladder and purchase Penske’s Corvette Grand Sport Coupe which he drove in the famed Nassau Speed Weeks events. The SCCA noted the quality of George’s presence and his driving ability by awarding him their coveted Kimberly Cup for the year. … He started 1965 with a soggy 14th place finish in the infamous Sebring “deluge” race with the Corvette, and after some USRRC races was invited to England for the Guards Trophy at Brands Hatch in a McLaren.Mk-1A … in 1966 George became the driver for Penske’s first races as a non-driving entrant, driving the Corvette at both Daytona and Sebring, the latter to a 9th place finish and winning the GTO class, then bought the Corvette (chassis #002) and raced in selected USRRC events … won the SCCA’s Formula B National Championship in the Northeast Division with a Brabham …went open wheel racing in 1968 with a Gurney-Eagle in the SCCA’s Formula 5000 series, winning at Lime Rock Park and Donnybrooke Raceway, and even though he had to miss two races, he still took the championship down to the final race of the season. …1969 was a consistent season in F/5000, finishing inside the top five at every race he entered, and became a feature in actor/driver James Garner’s “The Racing Scene” movie by destroying his Lola in the first lap at St. Jovite. …Gerorge paired with Dick Smothers for the 1970 F/5000 season using a pair of Lotus 70s. His best finish was his third consecutive rnner-up finish at Laguna Seca in three races.
With more than 55 years of competing both professionally and for the sheer enjoyment, Bill raced an array of automobiles from MG Specials and Porsche Spyders to a Buick-powered Genie and a Ford GT40, plus Can-Am and Trans-Am cars. His first outing was in the 1953 Sebring 12-Hour, finishing 16th in an MG-TD. A true privateer, Bill not only drove but was his own engineer and team manager.
Successful amateur racer starting in 1955 with succession of MG, Alfa-Romeo and Porsche cars, but really made his mark in the fledgling professional and semi-pro events of the time. Ran the 1000km Nurburgring races in a Porsche Carrera GT Speedster as early as 1958. Shared an Elva-Porsche with fellow RRDC member Augie Pabst to win the 1963 Road America 500. Finished second overall to Jim Hall in the 1964 U. S. Road Racing Championship series, and won the Under 2 Liter class, third overall behind two 3-liter Ferraris in the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring classic, sharing a 1.5 liter Porsche RS60 with Frank Rand and Bruce Jennings, and won the event's quirky Index of Performance award for their fuel efficient effort.
Began his racing career on the streets of Marion, Ohio, in a lowered 1950 Mercury, then progressed to sports cars with an MGA and an Austin-Healey 100. Attending SCCA races as a spectator got him afflicted with 'the bug', and by 1962, he was racing a Lotus 7 in organized events, raced a Merlyn Mk 6 in Regionals and Nationals, and even placed 10th overall in the 1964 U. S. Road Racing Championship event at Mid-Ohio. Moved up to a Shelby Mustang GT-350 and a 289 Cobra in 1965. Turned professional in 1966 with the advent of SCCA’s new Trans-Am series, driving a notchback Mustang with some Shelby and Ford Assistance. Tom and co-driver Bob Johnson won the Trans-Am races at V.I.R. and Mid-America Raceway; the first Ford wins in Trans-Am ; their points clinched the Manufacturer’s Championship for Ford. Drove a Mustang to 2nd in class at the 1967 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Retired from active racing that year to become an SCCA-licensed instructor for Production car drivers. Now active in SVRA racing with Lotus, Spice and Chevron cars. 1996 SVRA Driver of the Year and winner of the Chopard Award at the Monterey Historics event. Restoring a ’64 Merlyn, identical to his fist real race car, and plans to race it in 2004. Was an official Team Member for Shelby American - Cobra Driver and GT 350R 65,66.
MICHAEL ZIMICKI Bondville, VT
ROBERT AKIN, III
GASTON ANDREY Millis, MA
Gaston enjoyed a long and distinguished career - winning races in some of the most exotic machines in the golden era of sports car racing…The Maserati Tipo 61…Ferrari Modial…Ferrari 500 TR…Corvette C1…Alfa Romeo TZ2. In 1966 he teamed with fellow RRDC member Horst Kwech to win the Trans-Am Championship.
JOHN GORDON BENETT
C.T. “Ted" BOYNTON
RRDC Member since 1958. Began racing in 1948 with MG-TC. 3rd in British Empire Trophy Race. Won 10 straight SCCA National races, 9 SCCA CenDiv championships, 1963 SCCA National Champion in G Modified .. 1967 Runoffs champion in Formula B. 1969 GT class winner at 12 Hours of Sebring. 1970 GT class winner at 24 Hours of Daytona .Over 25 wins at Mid-Ohio.
FRANK DOMINIANNI Little Falls, N.J.
Chris Economaki, America’s best-known motor racing journalist and TV broadcaster, passed away Sept. 27, 2012 at the age of 91. Chris was the best friend of every up-and-coming driver in every form of motorsports could have - a man who had seen it all happen. No driver in any series, no publicist, no sanctioning body head would ignore his phone call. His 'voice' was National Speed Sport News, (the only racing paper in the Library of Congress) where he started his career by hawking copies at East Coast tracks while still a teenager. Received his first byline in 1935, earning him a press card which enabled him to see the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup races at Roosevelt Raceway. Became NSSN’s editor around 1950 and became Publisher Emeritus. Joined ABC-TV in 1961. Called races in over 15 countries, including the famed 1957 Race of Two Worlds at Monza. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of American in 1994. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., his first race as a fan was in 1929 when he peered through the fences at Ho-Ho-Kus Driving Park in New Jersey, then found a way to get into the races free by lying on the running board of cars as they passed the ticket gate. The Dean of American Motorsports Journalists is dead. Long live the Dean.
JUAN MANUAL FANGIO
RRDC memberships are supposed to be for those who have worked to improve our sport by giving back in some way … they can also be for serious accomplishments behind the wheel … either way, John Cooper Fitch is exceedingly qualified … From his first SCCA amateur win at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut in 1949 behind the wheel of a MG-TC to a 1951 win in the Argentine Grand Prix while driving a Cadillac-Allard, the Indianapolis 500 in start 1953, a 1955 production car class win in the deadly Millie Miglia, Flying Mile records on the Daytona beach sands, Sebring, Nassau, Watkins Glen and the rest of them, if John was not a race winner on the rare weekend, at least he was a championship gentleman … Born in Indianapolis with a blue chip genealogy, he drove in the first race at the Lime Rock Park track built practically in his back yard and was the track’s general manager; he served as team manager and engineering consultant, for Chevrolet’s factory Corvette team … after graduating from Lehigh with an engineering degree, he volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps – as a combat pilot he flew over North Africa and over Europe where he scored a confirmed Messerschmitt kill … while strafing a German train, he was shot down and spent the final two months of the war in a German prison camp … he is credited with designing five cars with engineering points that lived decades longer than the cars’ badges … with auto safety as his goal, he designed the Fitch Compression Barrier, the Fitch Driver Capsule, and the Fitch Displaceable Guardrail, among other features … today’s sand-filled barrels in highway construction zones are also his invention – the Fitch (or New Jersey) Barrier, inspired by the sand-filled gas cans he used to protect his tent from Axis strafing …He also served as a design consultant for many American road racing courses … his final professional race was the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring in Briggs Cunningham’s Porsche 904. Fitch was a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
G. WILLIAM FLEMING
J. EDWARD HUGUS
GORDON ‘Tippy” LIPE
DAVID LORING Conway, NH
One of America’s top open wheel drivers in the 1970’s….began racing as a teenager in Canada where he won multiple Formula Ford championships. Returned to the USA where he continued to dominate competition. Developed and drove a US-built Dan Gurney Eagle to the SCCA Formula Ford National Championship in 1978. Went on to score victories in other open-wheel classes and was an accomplished sports-racing driver, winning the IMSA Camel Lights Championship. David died unexpectedly in September 2012.
H. TALBOT “Chip” MEAD
JOHN VAN MEYER
WAYNE MOORE Statesboro, GA
An SCCA Formula Vee standout who began racing in 1974, became Southeast Division champion in 1979 and validated that with 1979 and 1980 National Championships at the Runoffs. SCCA President’s Cup winner in 1980 after winning the Runoffs from a 26th place on the grid
CHARLES MORAN, Jr.
TOM NEHL Jacksonville, FL
ANDY PORTERFIELD 1931-2012
Porterfield, a 32-year member of the RRDC and a 55-year member of the SCCA passed away in April 2012 at the age of 80. He was inducted into the RRDC in 1980 on the heels of his second consecutive SCCA B-Production national championship in a Corvette at Road Atlanta. Porterfield began his racing career in 1960, driving open-wheel cars and later Corvettes in Southern California. He was a regular on the Can-Am circuit in the mid- to late '60s scoring four podium finishes and finishing fifth in points in '68. He moved to Trans-Am in '69, competing in 41 races before retiring in '92. He formed Porterfield Enterprises in 1986 specializing in the manufacture and sale of brake pads and brake system components to the performance racing industry. Porterfield was a mainstay in the SCCA, serving on the board of directors for both SCCA, Inc. and SCCA Enterterprises of which he was still chairman at the time of his passing. One of his favorite "jobs" was organizing the workers for the annual Long Beach Grand Prix. Porterfield was the 2009 recipient of the Woolf Barnato Trophy, the SCCA's highest honor and was posthumostly inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2013.
EMIL ‘PUP” PUPULIDY
GEORGE C. RAND
VINCE SARDI, Jr.
CARROLL SHELBY Gardena, CA
The legendary father of the Cobra and the Shelby Mustang, Carroll was also one of the USA’s top racing drivers in the 1950’s. His first race was behind the wheel of a friend’s MGTC which he not only won, but defeated the bigger Jaguar XK120’s in the process. Moved up to racing a Cadillac Allard…winning nine out of nine races in 1953. Went on to race extensively in Europe… driving sports cars for Aston Martin, Ferrari and Maserati. Raced F1 cars for Aston Martin and Scudaria Centro Sud. Won the USRRC Championship in 1960. Retired from driving in 1960 due to a heart problem…sold his first Cobra two years later. Shelby was a member of both the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He was posthumosly inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2013.
MICHAEL STOTT Upper Saddle River, NJ
Mike has been a racer for more than 50 years, beginning with the SCCA in New England. In 1998, Stott was one of the founding directors of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y., a reference library and museum dedicated to the preservation of motorsports history. Stott has sponsored numerous SVRA historic racing events and is a regular participant with many podium finishes.
SAREL VAN DER MERWE
Lake took up amateur sports racing when it was still in its infancy, 1952, driving an MG in the SCCA’s E Production ranks … He switched to a “bathtub” Porsche 356 and won back-to-back F/P National Championships in 1956-57, then a third in 1963 with a larger engine … He also raced a rare Porsche 550 Spyder during that era .. Lake did himself well in his few professional races, finishing sixth in his class in the 1959 12 Hours of Sebring racing a Lister Jaguar with fellow RRDC members Stirling Moss, Briggs Cunningham and Russ Boss … Lake and Cunningham paired to win their class at the 1964 Sebring in a 904GT; and won again in 1965 racing a factory Porsche 904 with Gunther Klass as his co-driver, against a plethora of Chaparral, Ford GT40, Ferrari 330 and Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes, they finished 5th overall that year … Lake’s final Sebring race saw a fourth place finish in the Sport Prototype class, driving a Porsche 906 with Ed Hugus.
FRED WINDRIDGE, Jr
Dr. M.R.J WYILLE