Hendrick, Childress, Ganassi, Pruett among nominees for Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction


Seven icons from the world of motorsports will be named to the 2015 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction class on Friday, prior to the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

The 27th annual MHFA induction ceremony will take place June 18 at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit.

Here’s the list of those eligible and what class of motorsport they’re from:

NASCAR: Championship owners Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Jack Roush, two-time Cup champ Terry Labonte, Davey Allison and veteran driver Mark Martin.

NHRA drag racing: Six-time Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson, longtime announcer Dave McClelland, Funny Car pioneers Paula Murphy and Gene Snow, Strange Engineering’s boss Bob Stange, and Tom Hoover, father of the Chrysler 426 Hemi.

Open-Wheel: Veteran driver and race official Wally Dallenbach, nine-time IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi, championship team owner Carl Haas, safety pioneer and innovative designer Ted Halibrand, three-time Indianapolis 500 winning team owner Pat Patrick and veteran Indy 500 competitor Lloyd Ruby.

Sports Car Racing: team owner Rob Dyson, four-time Trans Am champ Tommy Kendall, racer/broadcaster Sam Posey, five-time 24 Hours of Daytona champ Scott Pruett, Scarab designer/builder Phil Remington and driver/founder of the “Group 44” teams, Bob Tullius.

Motorcycles: 15-time AMA Grand National race winner Everett Brashear, 10-time Motocross champ Ricky Carmichael, dirt track racer Neil Keen, three-time Daytona 200 winner Dick Klamfoth and two-time World Superbike champ Fred Merkel.

Historic Category: 1950 AAA National Champion Henry Banks, first NASCAR champion Red Byron, 1963 Daytona 500 winner Tiny Lund, Michigan racing legend Duke Nalon, mechanic/car builder Ray Nichels and midget/sprint car driver Bob Sweikert.

At Large: “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, off-road champions Walker Evans and Ivan “Iron Man” Stewart, General Motors Racing’s Herb Fishel, late NASCAR vice president of corporate communications Jim Hunter and auto writer/Cannonball Run founder Brock Yates.

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