NASCAR stars, drag racing legend join Int’l Motorsports Hall

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Three key NASCAR figures and a drag racing icon were inducted Thursday night into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama. Rusty Wallace (pictured), Dale Inman and Rick Hendrick make up the stock car side of the IMHoF’s Class of 2013, joining the NHRA’s Don Schumacher.

All four have been champions in their respective categories. Wallace, who claimed 55 Cup wins in his driving career, took the 1989 series title over the late Dale Earnhardt and was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998; Inman earned eight Cup titles as a crew chief (seven with Richard Petty and one with Terry Labonte); Hendrick has won 10 Cup titles and 14 titles across all three of NASCAR’s major national series (including the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series) as owner of Hendrick Motorsports; and Schumacher has 11 NHRA world titles to his credit as a team owner, as well as five event titles as a driver — including a 1970 triumph in drag racing’s biggest event, the U.S. Nationals.

In order to be inducted into the IMHoF, a person must be retired from their particular line of work for at least five years. After said period has passed, he or she then needs 51 percent of the total number of votes to be inducted.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”