Motorsports Hall of Fame of America announces 2014 class, move to Daytona

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Seven more inductees, including two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and former Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace, will enter the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in August.

Also joining the MSHF as part of its 26th class of inductees are NASCAR pioneer Marshall Teague, drag racing and NASCAR car owner Raymond Beadle (with whom Wallace won his Cup title in 1989), dirt-track motorcycle champion Ricky Graham, sponsorship icon Ole Bardahl, and American sports car racing visionary John Bishop.

The class will be officially inducted Aug. 6 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit.

“Once again, the depth and breadth of American motorsports is reflected in the 2014 class of inductees,” MSHF president Ron Watson said in a brief statement.

Additionally, the MSHF has also announced a move from the Detroit area to Daytona International Speedway by January 2016, coinciding with the scheduled completion of the track’s ongoing “Daytona Rising” front-stretch renovation.

All MSHF displays – which include everything from race cars to 209 bronze sculptures of American motorsport legends – are planned to be housed in Daytona’s Ticket and Tours Building.

On this move, Watson said in a Daytona release: “The partnership between Daytona International Speedway and the Hall of Fame is a match made in racing heaven. The Hall gets a home within one of America’s most famous and best-loved sports venues. Race fans and tourists who come to Daytona will have another great attraction to visit throughout the year.”

Sage Karam, Tony Kanaan fastest in Monday’s practice for Indy 500

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In the second-to-last practice session of the week, Sage Karam paced the 33 drivers qualified for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 on Monday.

Karam had a field-best speed of 226.461 mph, followed by Tony Kanan (225.123 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (224.820), Charlie Kimball (224.582) and Alexander Rossi (224.507).

Sixth through 10th fastest were Will Power (224.445), Helio Castroneves (224.368), Marco Andretti (224.148) and rookie Zachary Claman Demelo (224.91) and Scott Dixon (223.966).

Power and Castroneves ran the most laps of all drivers at 120 and 118, respectively.

Two other Team Penske drivers struggled to get speed out of their cars. Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden was 28th-fastest (221.982 mph) and Simon Pagenaud, who was the slowest (220.902 mph) of the 33 cars on-track.

Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th-fastest with a best speed of 223.573 mph in a 100-lap effort.

Most drivers were in race trim or were testing things for Sunday’s Greatest Spectacle In Racing such as fuel mileage, chassis setup and more.

Rookie Matheus Leist missed most of the session with an apparent electrical problem that kept him to just 19 laps.

There was one incident of note during the 3 ½ hour session: IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens crashed coming out of Turn 2 during the first hour of practice.

Wickens appeared to skim the outside SAFER Barrier, went left and then violently turned hard back into the outside retaining wall.

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The Honda-powered machine for the Canadian driver suffered heavy damage to the right side, particularly the right front tire and the right side of the front end.

There will be no further on-track activity for the Indy cars until Friday’s final practice to fine tune things for Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

We’ll have the full practice speed chart, as well as What Drivers Said, shortly. Please check back soon.

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