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Álex Palou
 

Álex Palou Montalbo born 1 April 1997) is a Spanish racing driver who drives for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series, where he won the 2021 and 2023 championships. He is the first Spanish racing driver to win a National Championship in American open-wheel racing history and also the first Spaniard to win in the GP3 Series.

He is the McLaren reserve driver for the 2023 Formula One World Championship

Early years

Born in Sant Antoni de Vilamajor, Spanish racer Palou began karting in 2003. His biggest karting achievement was the championship title in the WSK Euro Series in 2012

Euroformula Open

Palou made his open-wheel racing debut, competing in the Euroformula Open Championship with Campos Racing in 2014.[5] He bookended the season, winning the opening race at the Nürburgring and the final race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He also won a race at the Hungaroring to finish third in the series standings, missing out on the runner-up placing by just one point to Artur Janosz.

Racing in Europe

GP3 Series

2015

In 2015, Palou graduated to the GP3 Series with Campos Racing. During the first half of the season, he suffered major reliability issues as well as some driving mistakes due to his lack of experience, but his results improved along the season and he closed the year with a victory at Abu Dhabi.

At the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya of Spain Palou qualified fourth for the first race, but he slipped the clutch at the start and lost any opportunity to fight for the points. He made another bad start at the second race. , Palou had another bad weekend. Starting from third, he stalled the engine at the start. He later admitted he felt nervous after the mistakes from Barcelona and that that might have contributed to those new errors. He did not finish the second race because of a crash on the first lap.

At the Silverstone Circuit of Englanda gear-box sensor failed when Palou was driving fifth. He was forced to retire and subsequently had to start the second race from the last place on the grid. He managed to overtake eleven cars, eight of them in the first lap, to finish 13th.

At the Hungaroring from Hungary,Palou started seventh and moved up to fifth until a car hit him from behind. He suffered a puncture and was forced to pit. Starting from the bottom of the grid for the second race, he wrapped up the weekend with an 18th-place finish.

At the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit from Belgium, Palou scored his first points in GP3 as the season passed its halfway point. Struggling with tyre wear and lack of speed, the Campos Racing driver finished in 7th place in the first race. He led most of the second race but eventually fell back to fifth because of the lack of top speed. He later argued that Esteban Ocon was scrapping 0,5 seconds per lap just in the first sector, where the Kemmel Straight was found.

At the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza from Italy, Palou had another difficult weekend because of the lack of top speed. Using the same engine he raced in Belgium, he managed to finish seventh in the first race and subsequently started the second one from the front row. He made "The Great Mistake" (as he wrote in his column) when during the warm-up lap he spun at the main straight and nearly hit the wall. Although his car was not damaged, he fell back to tenth.

At the Sochi Autodrom from Russia,Palou received a new engine that solved the top speed problems he suffered in Belgium and Italy. Because of Carlos Sainz crash during Russian Grand Prix Free Practice 3, the first race of the weekend was moved to Sunday. Palou qualified just a tenth away from Pole Position and scored a provisional season-high in the first race when he crossed the line in fourth place. He immediately scored a provisional season high when he crossed the line in fourth place. He was ninth in the second one.

At the Bahrain International Circuit of Bahrain Palou suffered yet again more reliability issues. He started from fourth, but during the warm-up lap a gas sensor failed and the car kept on accelerating when the driver lifted the throttle. He decided to enter the Pit-Lane and retire. Because of this, he started the second race from last place. He gained 14 positions, but ended up tenth and outside from the points.

At the Yas Marina Circuit from Abu Dhabi Palou won his race in GP3 and became the first Spanish driver to ever get a victory in the series. After being eighth in the first race, he held Pole Position for the second one. Worried about tyre wear, he targeted for a podium finish. He held the lead at the start and slowly started to pull away from the field. He crossed the line with a 4.4-second margin to Carlin's Antonio Fuoco.

2016

Palou continued to race for Campos Racing in his second season in GP3. He scored second place at the Silverstone sprint race and fifth place at the Yas Marina sprint race. He ranked 15th in the overall standings.

World Series Formula V8 3.5

2017

Palou also raced with Teo Martín Motorsport in three rounds of the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship, where he won three poles and a race. This partial season earned him 10th in the championship. Palou finished 2017 with Campos Racing in two Formula 2 rounds, where he scored 5 points. Palou led the majority of the Jerez sprint race from the reverse grid pole, but ultimately, he could not hang on to the lead with his heavily worn tires and finished 8th. These two rounds finished Palou 21st in the championship.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship

2018

In 2018, Palou returned to Europe full-time for a full season with Hitech Bullfrog GP in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. He scored 7 podiums and ended the year 7th in the championship.

Racing in Japan

Japanese Formula 3 and World Series Formula V8 3.5

2017

Palou moved to Japan in 2017 to compete in Japanese Formula 3 for Threebond with Drago Corse. He won three races but finished the year third in the championship behind Mitsunori Takaboshi and Sho Tsuboi.

Super GT and Super Formula

2019

Palou moved back to Japan in 2019 to compete full-time with McLaren Customer Racing Japan in the Super GT GT300 class and TCS Nakajima Racing in Super Formula. In Super GT, Palou was partnered with 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Seiji Ara. As a team, they scored one podium at Autopolis but ultimately finished 15th in the championship. In Super Formula, Palou had far more success. He won at Fuji Speedway from pole position and, after qualifying on pole at the final round at Suzuka, he looked to be the championship favorite. A problem with the ventilation duct early in the race immensely slowed Palou's car down and he finished 19th in the race. This dropped him to 3rd in the championship in the end.

IndyCar

Palou tested an IndyCar in July 2019 with Dale Coyne Racing at Mid-Ohio.

Dale Coyne Racing (2020)

2020: Rookie season

On 19 December 2019, it was announced that Palou would move to the IndyCar Series for a rookie campaign with Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh.His manager in the IndyCar series is former IndyCar driver Roger Yasukawa

In his first race for the team at the 2020 Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway he was taken out by fellow rookie Rinus VeeKay. He took his first IndyCar podium at Road America.

Chip Ganassi Racing (2021–present)

2021

Palou was signed by Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 10 Honda for the 2021 IndyCar Series season. On 18 April 2021, Palou earned his maiden IndyCar Series victory in the season-opening race at Barber Motorsports Park. Palou started on pole for the first time in his IndyCar career at the first race of the season at Texas Motor Speedway, although his pole position was earned due to his early-season championship point lead after qualifying was canceled for the race due to inclement weather. Palou added another podium for the season at the GMR Grand Prix and then finished second in the 2021 Indianapolis 500 to Hélio Castroneves' record-tying fourth victory. Palou's finish in the 500 vaulted him into the points lead for the championship. For the rest of the season, only himself and Pato O'Ward would hold the points lead.

Palou then went on a run of podium finishes after the 500, although he briefly lost the points lead to O'Ward in Detroit by a single point. Palou finished third in the second race in Detroit, won at Road America after Josef Newgarden suffered a gearbox failure, and finished third at Mid Ohio to solidify his points lead in the championship over both Scott Dixon and O'Ward. This was despite suffering three engine change related penalties imposed on him by IndyCar. He gave up the points lead to O'Ward after he and Dixon were collected in an accident caused by Rinus VeeKay at Gateway but took it back after taking his first earned pole position and a third victory at Portland. After a second-place finish at Laguna Seca, Palou carried a thirty-five-point advantage over O'Ward heading into the final race of the season at Long Beach, with only himself, O'Ward, and Josef Newgarden still mathematically capable of winning the title. After O'Ward was knocked out in an accident on the first lap of the race Palou drove conservatively and finished in fourth place, winning his first IndyCar championship. He became the third Chip Ganassi Racing driver to win the IndyCar series championship after Dixon and Dario Franchitti and the first Honda driver other than Dixon to win an IndyCar championship in the Dallara DW12 and turbo V6 era of IndyCar racing. Palou also secured his first IndyCar track discipline championship in 2021, winning the Mario Andretti Cup as the season's highest-scoring driver on the road and street courses. For his Indianapolis Motor Speedway victory lap, he drove a chicken-themed limousine, in honor of his favorite after-victory meal of fried chicken.

2022

Palou during the 2022 XPEL 375

Palou would start the 2022 season out with podiums at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, and Barber, outperforming his Chip Ganassi teammates and putting him in a strong early position to defend his title. The title would eventually be lost to Penske's Will Power, but Palou would still finish 5th (due to countback, as he tied Scott McLaughlin with 510 points) with a commanding win in the Laguna Seca finale to round out the year.

Contract controversy

On 12 July 2022, Chip Ganassi Racing sent a press release saying that they had extended the contract of Palou for the 2023 IndyCar season by exercising the option they held on his deal. Included in the press release was a quote attributed to Palou. Hours later, Palou, via a thread on Twitter denounced this press release, claimed that the quote attributed to him was created by the team (a practice common among IndyCar teams, according to RACER.com's Marshall Pruett and also not approved by him. He also stated that he had given Chip Ganassi Racing prior notice that he intended to leave the team after the 2022 season and join McLaren Racing's roster of drivers.

Moments after these tweets, McLaren announced that they had signed Palou to a contract for 2023, though it was not specifically mentioned if Palou would drive for Arrow McLaren SP, McLaren's IndyCar operation Chip Ganassi Racing responded to this by releasing a statement reiterating their claim to Palou's services. On 27 July 2022, Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed they had filed a civil lawsuit against Palou in Marion County, Indiana. On 14 September 2022, it was announced that an agreement had been reached by all parties that would see Palou continue with Chip Ganassi for the 2023 season, with McLaren signing him to test the MCL35M.Palou was then set to switch to McLaren for the 2024 season In August 2023, this arrangement fell apart after Palou told McLaren CEO Zak Brown that he had "no intention of honoring his contract" with McLaren.[33] Following this, McLaren Racing and Arrow McLaren sued Palou in the U.K. Commercial Court in an attempt to recoup investments made in Palou

Palou during the 2023 Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America

2023

Palou started his season strongly, picking up top five finishes in four of the first five races and winning the GMR Grand Prix leading up to the 107th Indianapolis 500. During qualifying for the 500, Palou clinched the pole position with a new pole record speed of 234.217 mph, topping Scott Dixon's record set the previous year.Palou took his second victory of the season at the Detroit Grand Prix, and then won again at the following round in Road America, followed by a third consecutive win at Mid-Ohio. By winning the Grand Prix of Portland, he clinched his second IndyCar title a race early.

Formula One

In September 2022, McLaren announced that they had signed Palou to their Testing of Previous Cars program that would see him test the MCL35M,first at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and later in October at the Red Bull Ring, both together with Pato O'Ward. Palou made his debut in free practice with McLaren at the 2022 United States Grand Prix.On his free practice debut, Palou called the F1 car "insane" and "capable of so much".]

On 1 December 2022, McLaren announced Palou as a reserve driver for the 2023 Formula One World Championship.[ He drove the MCL35M during a test at the Hungaroring alongside Oscar Piastri.

Personal life

On December 4, 2023, Palou and his wife Esther welcomed their first child.

2004Tony KanaanINDY RACING LEAGUESebastien Bourdais CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES
2005Sebastien BourdaisCHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESTony Stewart NASCAR
2006Sebastien BourdaisCHAMP CAR WORLD SERIESJimmie Johnson NASCAR
2007Jimmie Johnson NASCARDan Wheldon INDY RACING LEAGUE
2008Jimmie Johnson NASCARDario Franchitti INDY RACING LEAGUE
2009Dario Franchitti INDY RACING LEAGUEJimmie Johnson NASCAR
2010Jimmie Johnson NASCARBryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUB
2011Bryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUBTony Stewart NASCAR
2012Ryan  Hunter-ReayINDY RACING LEAGUEBrad Keselowski NASCAR
2013Kyle BuschNASCARJason Johnson AMERICAN SPRINT CAR ASSOCIATION
2014Donny SchatzWorld of Outlaws Sprint Car  SeriesJoey Logano NASCAR
2015Erik Jones NASCARDonny Schatz World of Outlaws Sprint Car  Series
2016Bryan Clauson UNITED STATES AUTO CLUBCARL EDWARDS  NASCAR
2017MARTIN TRUEX JR.NASCARKyle Busch  NASCAR  
2018

Donny Schatz

World of Outlaws Sprint Car  SeriesELLIOT SADLER  NASCAR
2019

Aaron Reutzel

all star sprint serieslogan seavey powri midget series
2020

kyle larson

all star sprints, WOO SPRINTS, usacChase Elliott   NASCAR  
2021

kyle larson

NASCAReddie hoffman jr. woo late model series
2022 CHASE ELLIOT NASCAR TREY STARKS World of Outlaws Sprint Car  Series
2023 alex Palou Indy Car series Ryan Blaney NASCAR

 

Nick Sanchez

Nicholas A. Sanchez  is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, driving the No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado for Rev Racing. He is the 2022 ARCA Menards Series champion.

Racing career

Sanchez (No. 2) racing alongside Derrick Lancaster (No. 29), Tanner Gray (No. 17), Greg Van Alst (No. 35), and other cars at Daytona in 2021
Sanchez spins with Van Alst, Derek Griffith (No. 55), and Scott Melton (No. 69) in a crash at Daytona in 2021

Sanchez began racing at the age of twelve in go-karts at his home track of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Sanchez tried out for NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program and was accepted into it, and as a result, was given a ride with Rev Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series as well as the then-NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2019. He made his debut in both races of the doubleheader at South Boston Speedway and then made another start later in the year at New Hampshire. In only his second start in the series, Sanchez would win the pole for the second South Boston race.

He was also the recipient of the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award in 2019.

When ARCA and NASCAR merged, the East Series and the ARCA Menards Series were brought together and rebranded in 2020, and Sanchez continued to compete for Rev Racing in the renamed ARCA Menards Series East. Sanchez became a full-time driver for the team in 2020, replacing Rubén García Jr. in the team's No. 6 car.

In 2021, Sanchez moved from the East Series to the main ARCA Menards Series, competing full-time in Rev's No. 2 car. (It was initially going to be the No. 6.) The team also switched from Toyota to Chevrolet that year. Sanchez got his first career ARCA win at Kansas in the season finale, while Ty Gibbs won the championship for that season.

On October 19, 2021, it was announced that Sanchez would be driving part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for B. J. McLeod Motorsports while continuing to drive full-time for Rev Racing in the main ARCA Menards Series.He would first pilot the No. 5 Chevrolet at Phoenix Raceway, and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 99. He would later depart the team afterwards to drive a partial schedule the No. 48 for Big Machine Racing starting at Bristol Motor Speedway. Sanchez would win three ARCA races (Talladega, Kansas, & Michigan) and the Championship in 2022 by 14 points over Daniel Dye

Sanchez in the No. 2 truck at the Circuit of the Americas in 2023

On November 4, 2022, Rev Racing announced its expansion into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, fielding the No. 2 Chevrolet for Sanchez in 2023 His consistency made him the only rookie to make the playoffs in 2023. In addition, he won the NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors in the Truck Series. Following the Talladega fall race, Sanchez got into a fight with Matt Crafton in the garage area as a result of an on-track incident when both of their trucks made contact with each other, triggering a multi-truck pileup. NASCAR fined Sanchez $5,000 and Crafton $25,000 for the fight. In addition, Sanchez's father Rene was suspended for two races for his involvement.[10] Sanchez was eliminated at the conclusion of the Round of 8 at Homestead

Following the purchase of Rev Racing’s technical partner Kyle Busch Motorsports by Spire Motorsports, it was announced that Sanchez would move to Spire and continue racing the No. 2 Silverado for the 2024 season.[12]

Personal life

Sanchez's father immigrated to the United States from Cuba on the Mariel boatlift when he was eight years old

When Sanchez began competing in NASCAR, he moved from Miami to Cornelius, North Carolina, which is located in the Charlotte metropolitan area where the majority of NASCAR teams are based.[13]

 

2004Aaron Pierce NAMARS
2005Joey Logano  Hooters Pro Cup Series
2006Justin Allgaier ARCA Series
2007Bryan Clauson USAC
2008Ryan Hunter-Reay Indy Racing League
2009Bobby East USAC
2010Chase Elliott ASA Late Model Series
2011Mark Lambert Advance Racing Association
2012Kyle Benjamin Championship Racing Association
2013Ross kenseth Championship Racing Association
2014Erik Jones ARCA Series
2015drew skillman NHRA
2016Cody Coughlin Championship Racing Association
2017willam byron nascar truck series
2018robert wickens Indy Racing League
2019Hailie  Deeganis K&N Pro Series
2020colton herta  Indy Racing League
2021Sam Mayer nascar truck series
2022 Taylor Ferns United states auto club
2023 Nick Sanchez  nascar truck series

ASA STARS National Tour

The ASA STARS National Tour DEBUTED  in 2023 for Super Late Model racing in America.  Announced in October, many of the best drivers in America are expected to compete in the 10-race national tour with a minimum $100,000 point fund. The championship team will be guaranteed $25,000. 

The national series is made up of three races from each of the regional pavement Super Late Model Series under the Track Enterprises banner; the ASA CRA Super Series, the ASA Midwest Tour and the ASA Southern Super Series.  

A Winner’s Circle program will also be part of the ASA National Tour for licensed drivers/teams with perfect attendance.  The program details will be announced at a later date, but it will be in the same vein as ASA utilized in its heyday.

Track Enterprises, a Racing Promotions Company based in Illinois, will operate the ASA STARS National Tour.  It announced the acquisition of the CRA sanctioning body in January and followed that up with the purchase of the Midwest Tour in July. In October, Track Enterprises President, Bob Sargent announced a partnership with the Southern Super Series which set the table for the formation of the ASA STARS National Tour.

 

2004

North American Auto Racing Series (NAMARS)

2005

Hooters Pro Cup Series (USAR)

2006

Hooters Pro Cup Series (USAR)

2007

Badger Midget Series

2008

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series

2009

ASA Late Model Series

2010

American Race Drivers Club (ARDC)

2011

United Auto  Racing Association (UARA)

2012

Vores Compact Touring Series

2013

American Motorcycle Association

2014

 ARCA/CRA SUPER SERIES

2015

american sprint car series

2016

fastrak racing series

2017

EXTREME SPRINT CAR SERIES

2018

Powri midget series

2019

The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS)

2020

World Of outlaw Sprint car series

2021inland winged sprint car series
2022 POWRI MIDGET SERIES
2023 ASA staRS National Series

 

Showtime Speedway (formerly Sunshine Speedway) re-opened in July of 2012 after an 8-year hiatus. Originally opened in 1960, Sunshine Speedway provided wheel-to-wheel action and family fun for over 4 decades almost every Saturday night. In 2004, the State of Florida purchased the property for a future road project leading to the closure of the speedway.

Due to budget constraints and a less than stellar outlook, there was no road project in sight. The State began using the speedway as a Sun Pass and toll testing facility. After a handful of grassroots efforts, most notably the “Bring Back The Track” campaign in 2008, a small contingent of diehard race fans got together and went to Florida Senator Jack Latvala. Within months, the State had agreed to put the property up for rent.

The TRACK is BACK! Showtime races on Saturday nights and features all of your favorite classes: Super Late Models, Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars, Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsmen, Pro Trucks, Pro Figure 8s, Street Stocks, Street Stock Figure 8s, Mini Stocks, Mini Stock Figure 8s, Kids Fast 4, Legends, Bandoleros and Champ Karts. We even invite you, our fans, to bring your cars onto the track for fan participation “oval drags” – a crowd favorite!

If you haven’t already, we hope that you will make plans to join us on a Saturday night under the lights! Check out the schedule to figure out what night would be best for you and then visit our fan information page so you know what to expect at Showtime.

 

2004

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis Indiana

2005

Daytona International Speedway  Daytona Beach Florida

2006

Chicagoland Speedway  Joliet Illinois

2007

Rockingham Speedway  Rockingham North Carolina

2008

Miami County Speedway   Peru Indiana

2009

Milwaukee Mile  Milwaukee Wisconsin

2010

Las Vegas Motor Speedway  Las Vegas Nevada

2011

Gas City I69 Speedway  Gas City Indiana

2012

Winchester Speedway Winchester Indiana

2013

Eldora Speedway   Rossburg Ohio

2014

perris auto speedway  Perris, CAlifornia

2015

Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

2016

MACON SPEEDWAY     MACON, Illinois

2017

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK terre haute indiana

2018

knoxville raceway Knoxville, Iowa

2019

Ventura Raceway Ventura california

2020

every track in the united states  dealing with the covid 19 pandemic

2021stateline speedway Post Falls IDaho
2022 circle city raceway  indianapolis indiana
2023 Showtime Speedway Clearwater, FLorida

* Deceased

2024 INDUCTEES

aL UNSER JR. 2-TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500  WINNER

Eddie Hill 12 national season point championships on land or water

*Erwin George "Cannon Ball" Baker American motorcycle and automobile racing driver

*Tom  Binford Chief Steward of the Indianapolis 500

*Edward Vernon Rickenbacker Owner Indianapolis Motor Speedway

*Elzie Wylie " BUCK" Baker Sr. NASCAR CHAMPION

2023 inductees

carl hungness publisher of indianapolis 500 yearbook

* Dale ARMSTRONG nhra CHAMPION & mechanic

* jan Opperman usac star

Ron "Sleepy" Tripp midget car driver

*Lloyd Ruby  indy car driver

Michael Andretti cart champion

 

2022 inductees

*robin miller broadcast journalist

Darrell Waltrip three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion

Jimmie Johnson seven-time nascar Cup champion

ned jarrett two-time Grand National Series champion

Dario Franchitti three-time indianapolis 500 champion

*Joe Weatherly Grand National Series champion, AMA Grand National Champion

 

2021 inductees

*Floyd Clymer  magazine publisher, a racing promoter, an author, and a motorcycle manufacturer

*Theodore E. “Pop” Myers  Good Will Ambassador indianapolis motor speedway

*Floyd "Pop" Dreyer  the nation's top motorcycle rider in the 1920s

Floyd "Chip" Ganassi Jr. an American businessman, former racing driver

*Ron Watson, founder president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA)

*Roger McCluskey usac champion  driver.

 

2020 inductees

*bill Jenkins nhra champion

*Dale Armstrong IHRA Champion

TONY STEWART indy car and nascar champion

Jeff Gordon multiple nascar championionships

Ricky Carmichael AMA Supercross Champion

Bubba Stewart AMA Motocross Supercross Champion

2019 inductees

Dale Jarrett Winston Cup champion Daytona 500 Winner

*Alan Kulwicki nascar race driver

*Nicky Hayden AMA Superbike Champion

Hélio Castroneves 3 time indianapolis 500 winner

Sam Schimdt Indy racing league driver

Warren Johnson nhra champion

2018 inductees

*Wendell Scott pioneer African American driver

Janet Guthrie pioneer FEMALE driver first woman to participate at indianapolis

Willie T. Ribbs first African American driver to qualify for indianapolis 500

Nigel Mansell  Indy car world series and F-1 world Champion

Alain Prost four time F-1 world Champion

Niki Lauda  three time F-1 world Champion

2017 inductees

Tony George Indy Racing league founder

johnny rutherford  3 time indianapolis 500 winner

John Force nhra champion

*frank wheeler indianapolis motor speedway founder

*john marcum arca founder

*Arthur Newby  indianapolis motor speedway founder

 

2016 inductees

*Bryan Clauson OPEN WHEEL RACER

*Peter  Revson  Formula One and the Indianapolis 500.

*Alberto Ascari two time world champion

* Dan Wheldon 2 time Indianapolis 500  winner

Gordon Johncock 2 time Indianapolis 500  winner

Tom Sneva USAC NATIONAL CHAMPION INDIANAPOLIS 500 winnER

 

2015 inductees

Bradley "Buzz" Calkins winner 1st indy racing league event winner

Ralph  Liguori USAC AND NASCAR DRIVER

Bobby Allison Nascar Champion

John Young Jackie" Stewart three time world driving champion

Michael Schumacher 7 time world driving champion

*Ayrton Senna f-1 racing legend

 

2014 inductees

Arie Luyendyk 2 time indianapolis 500 winner

Mark Martin   nascar legend

Emerson Fittipaldi 2 Time Indianapolis 500 winner and F-1 Champion

*Roger McCluskey usac national champion

Rusty Wallace nascar champion

Joe'Amato  NHRA CHAMPION

2013 INDUCTEES

*Joe Leonard AMA and USAC National Champion

Charlie Patterson car owner "mr. racing everything"

*Bruce McLaren race-car Designer, Driver, Engineer and Inventor

Conrad "Connie" Kalitta Drag Racing Driver

*Rich Vogler USAC National Sprint Car and Midget champion

Robert Glenn "Junior" Johnson NASCAR Superstar

2012 INDUCTEES

*Gary Lee Racing Broadcaster

Tom Bigelow Open Wheel Legend

*Larry Rice Open Wheel Racing Legend

Johnny Parsons USAC Open Wheel Racer

*Jim Hurtubise Open Wheel Legend

Bill Elliott NASCAR National Champion

2011 INDUCTEES

Richard Day Most Respected Public Relations Person in the Sport

*James Allison Founder Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Mari Hulman George CEO Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Bob Jenkins Premier Broadcaster

*Sam Hanks 1957 Indianapolis 500 Winner

Howard Augustine "Humpy" Wheeler Track and Race Promoter

2010 INDUCTEES

* Harry Miller Race Car Designer

*Charlie Wiggins  Pioneer African American Race car driver

Cale Yarborough NASCAR Champion

*Sid Collins The Voice of the 500

Paul Page Broadcast Legend

* Art Pollard Indy Car Driver

2009 INDUCTEES

* Wally Parks The father of drag racing

*Rex Mays Indy Car Driver

*Clint Brawner Mechanic Race Car Designer

Donald Davidson Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian

Parnelli Jones Driver Owner 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner

*Ernest Schlausky A.K.A. CROCKY WRIGHT Motorsports Pioneer

2008 INDUCTEES

*GRAHAM HILL INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER WORLD DRIVING CHAMPION

 JOHN "JACK" BRABHAM  WORLD DRIVING CHAMPION 

*HENRY " SMOKEY" YUNICK  MECHANIC CAR DESIGNER

* MARION "MICKEY" THOMPSON  DRAG RACER OFF ROAD RACING CHAMPION

*Fred Offenhauser Automotive Engineer

A.J. Watson Car Designer

2007 INDUCTEES

* Bill France Jr. NASCAR Executive and Promoter

*Carl Fisher American entrepreneur Founder Indianapolis Motor Speedway

*Tom Carnegie Chief  announcer at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 60 years.

*Henry Ford Race Car innovator

* Ralph  Depalma Indianapolis 500 winner and racing pioneer

 * Benny Parsons NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
 

2006 INDUCTEES

*CHRIS ECONOMAKI SPEED SPORT NEWS FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER

 SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY NHRA LEGEND 1ST WOMAN TO WIN MAJOR EVENT

DON PRUDHOMME NHRA DRIVER

STEVE KINSER 17 TIME WoO CHAMPION " KING OF THE SPRINTS"

*GEORGE BIGNOTTI 7 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER CHIEF MECHANIC

*COLIN CHAPMAN INFLUENTIAL DESIGNER, INVENTOR AND CAR BUILDER

2005 INDUCTEES

 *LEE PETTY LEGENDARY NASCAR DRIVER

 BOBBY UNSER  3 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*JIMMY BRYAN  USAC NATIONAL CHAMPION

*EDDIE SACHS SPRINT MIDGET DRIVER

 *TONY BETTENHAUSEN AAA NATIONAL CHAMPION

*MAURI ROSE 3 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2004 INDUCTEES

*RAY HARROUN 1ST WINNER INDIANAPOLIS 500

DAVID " THE SILVER FOX" PEARSON 3 TIME NEXTEL CUP CHAMPION

*MARK DONOHUE SPORTS CAR DRIVER

DON " BIG DADDY" GARLITS NHRA CHAMPION

AL UNSER SR. DIRT TRACK MASTER 4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER .

*BILL VUKOVICH SR. 2 INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2003 INDUCTEES

*JIMMY CLARK 2 TIME F-1 CHAMPION AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*GASTON CHEVROLET DRIVER INVENTOR

KENNY BERNSTEIN NHRA CHAMPION

*RODGER WARD 2 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

MARIO ANDRETTI  F-1 DAYTONA 500 AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*JOHNNIE PARSONS SR AAA NATIONAL CHAMPION AND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

2002 INDUCTEES

MEL KENYON  " KING OF THE MIDGETS "

*BOB GLIDDEN ALL TIME NHRA WINNIEST DRIVER

ROGER PENSKE 14 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNING CAR OWNER

ANDY GRANATELLI STP FOUNDER DRIVER 

RICK  MEARS  4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*LOU "Louie" Meyer first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500

*wilbur shaw  time indianapolis 500 winner

2001 INDUCTEES

*ANTON " TONY" HULMAN OWNER INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

*WILLIAM " BILL " FRANCE SR. FOUNDER NASCAR

RICHARD " THE KING" PETTY 7 TIME NASCAR CUP CHAMPION

ANTHONY JOSEPH " A.J." FOYT FIRST 4 TIME INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNER

*DAN GURNEY F-1 NASCAR AND INDY CAR DRIVER

*DALE EARNHARDT 7 TIME NASCAR CUP CHAMPION

 

 

 

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