Bernard NotebookGetty Images
Longtime NASCAR team owner Jack Roush, winner of more than 300 NASCAR races, absolutely nailed it with his acceptance speech at the Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2022 induction ceremony. America on March 8 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
“It’s a really big deal,” said Roush, 79. “I am honored by the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s action to include me in the class of 2022 inductees and honored to be in the presence of so many great motorsport participants over the decades.”
The room was filled with grandeur, that’s for sure.
In addition to Roush, the Class of 2022 includes:
Pierre Broc, designer of the 1965 World Champion Cobra Daytona Cups (Sports Car category); Helio Castroneves, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner (Open Wheel); Dick La Haie, he is the only person in history to have won the NHRA Top Fuel Championships as a driver and crew chief (Drag Racing); Banjo MatthewsNASCAR car builder, driver (Business) and Autoweek’s own Denise McCluggage (pictured above), the founder of Autoweek precursor Press Competition and first woman to receive the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism (Media).
Also honored with plaques and displays in the Hall of Fame this week were Raymond Parksco-founder of NASCAR and owner of the championship-winning team (Historic); JErry Vance and Byron Hinesmotorcycle racing innovators who have won NHRA drag racing titles, AMA Supersport and Superbike titles, two Daytona 200 (motorcycles) and William Davidson, Walter Davidson, Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley, founders and namesakes of the Harley Davidson motorcycle company.
Lyn St. James spoke on behalf of McCluggage, who died in 2015.
“She had an absolute knack for being able to entertain and amuse,” St. James said. “If you read his words – and I did every week at Automatic week– you would read his words and it would be as if you were actually there. In fact, you were driving that car or skiing on that mountain.”
Brock, 85, was grateful to those who opened their doors to let a young designer into their world.
“I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with some of the really great guys in the automotive industry,” Brock said. “Going to work for General Motors when I was 19 and having the opportunity to take the lead and design a new Corvette when I was 19 was amazing. The leadership and vision of the guys who had been there for years. They taught me a lot about art, about life and how to work with people.”
Three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon spoke on behalf of LaHaie, who died in 2018.
“The only person to win a championship as a driver and as a crew chief,” Dixon said of LaHaie. “You think about nitro racing for over 60 years or organized racing, and he’s the only one doing it. That says a lot about the talent he had and was able to pass on to others.”
Team owner Roger Penske introduced Castroneves, who had three of his Indy 500 wins with Team Penske. Castroneves also won his only championship of the season with Penske, which was in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“More than any other driver in Team Penske history, Helio has created so many great moments and memories for our team,” Penske said. “The numbers on the scoreboard were impressive, but Helio brought so much more to our team. He became an ambassador for our partners and their brands. He developed a special bond with racing fans around the world .”
Castroneves won his fourth Indy 500 last May.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Castroneves said. “It’s a dream. For me today is about being grateful. It’s an honor for me to be here and to hear everyone here speaking from their hearts. I can see that everyone here has a passion for racing, just like me.”
Including the class of 2022, 278 racing pioneers and legends are part of the MSHFA.
Here is an overview of the new class:
Denise McCluggage – Media
Few fueled the rise of sports car racing in the United States more than Denise McCluggage. Without it, there would have been no Autoweek, the sports bible of the 60s and 70s.
She, more perhaps than anyone associated with Automatic week, was the heart and soul of the publication. When it started over 60 years ago, she was its editor and remained a contributor until her death in 2015.
She was also a trailblazer, winning her class at Sebring in 1961 and the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964. (Notably, she was denied entry to Le Mans because of her gender.) Joining the New York Herald Tribune in the 1950s, she became the first female sports journalist for a major daily.
In 1985, she became the only woman to receive the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism for her story about F1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio.
Helio Castroneves – IndyCar
The Brazilian has one of the greatest records in Indianapolis 500 history, winning four times (2001, 2002, 2009 and 2021) (joining fellow inductees AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears), taking the pole four times and finishing second three times.
Castroneves is a four-time IndyCar Championship runner-up and 12th all-time in IndyCar wins with 30. He was nicknamed “Spider-Man” for his escalation victory and caught the eye after winning the 2007 edition of Dancing with the stars. Castroneves also won the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Dick LaHaie – NHRA
The only person in NHRA history to win Top Fuel championships as a driver and crew chief, LaHaie won the 1987 Top Fuel championship in the cockpit and four more as a crew chief for Scott Kalitta (1994, 1995) and Larry Dixon (2002, 2003).
LaHaie’s first major victory came at the 1980 SummerNationals. In the beginning, he would sometimes rummage through the trash to find the parts the top teams had thrown away, then beat them with their scraps. His Top Fuel title in 1987 was won with his daughter Kim as crew chief. LaHaie was No. 31 on the NHRA’s 2001 list of its 50 Greatest Drivers.
LaHaie passed away in 2018.
Banjo Matthews – Business
Smokey Yunick called it “the Henry Ford of racing cars”. Cars built by Edwin Keith Matthews dominated NASCAR for more than a decade. From 1974 to 1985, he produced around 400 chassis and rebuilt around 200.
Of the 362 races in that period, his cars won 262 – more than 70% – including all 30 contests in 1978. For years, the Akron, Ohio native was prouder than any driver ever. was killed in a car built by Matthews. As an owner, he participated in 160 Cup races, taking 14 poles and nine wins, including three Firecracker 400s at Daytona with fellow Fireball inductees Roberts, AJ Foyt and Donnie Allison.
Raymond Parks – NASCAR
Without Parks, there might not have been NASCAR. He was a key member of the group that met Bill France at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach in 1947 to create NASCAR and helped keep the sanctioning organization afloat during its early years.
Considered his first team owner, his entries set a standard of excellence. The former moonshine racer’s cars won the first NASCAR (modified) championship in 1948 and the inaugural NASCAR Strictly Stock (now Cup Series) title in 1949. When he died in 2010, he was the last surviving member of the founders of the sport.
Jack Roush – Stock Cars
Roush has been successful in more forms of motorsport than almost anyone. In NASCAR, its teams have won more than 300 races and eight championships in all three major series, including back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series titles (2003-4).
“The Cat in the Hat” left an engineering job at Ford in 1970 to team up with Wayne Gapp. Over the next five years, they won NHRA, IHRA, and AHRA Pro Stock titles. In the 80s, Roush’s incredible dominance over SCCA and IMSA included 24 national championships. His two Daytona 500 trophies came with Matt Kenseth (2009, 2012).
Vance & Hines – Motorcycles
Few driver/tuner pairings have dominated like Terry Vance and Byron Hines. From the early 70s until Vance retired from riding in 1988, they won 14 Pro Stock and Top Fuel titles. Their popularity prompted the NHRA to add motorcycle racing to its national series.
Since 1980, they have made Vance & Hines one of the world’s leading suppliers of aftermarket parts. Their road racing teams have won AMA Supersport and Superbike titles and two Daytona 200s. Most recently, they ran the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock drag team. Vance was No. 35 on the NHRA’s 2001 list of its 50 greatest drivers.
Pete Brock – Sports Cars
Brock is best known for designing the 1965 World Champion Cobra Daytona Cups and for its multi-national Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) Datsun 240Z and 510.
At GM in the 1950s, Brock helped design the shape of the groundbreaking 1959 Corvette Stingray race car and 1963 production model. As Shelby American’s first employee, he ran the Carroll Driving School Shelby, wrote the Daytona and worked on Mustang GT-350 street and race cars. After the Datsun years, Brock became a photojournalist and wrote award-winning books about his Daytonas and the Corvette Sting Ray.
Founders of the Harley Davidson Motor Company: William Davidson, Walter Davidson, Arthur Davidson and Bill Harley.
The Harley Davidson founder was voted into the Class of 2022 Historic category, having co-founded the American motorcycle brand in 1903.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and uploaded to this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content on piano.io