The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) has announced its 28th class of inductees, continuing a long-standing tradition of honoring legendary figures from a broad range of racing disciplines. The seven-person class of 2016 includes: motorcycle star Everett Brashear; NASCAR champion car owner Richard Childress; former land speed record holder Gary Gabelich; multi-champion car owner Chip Ganassi; legendary NHRA announcer Dave McClelland; all-rounder Sam Posey; and Indy 500 winner Bob Sweikert. They will be enshrined at the 28th Annual Induction Ceremony presented by Bridgestone on the evening of June 29 at Daytona International Speedway, the Hall’s new home.
“Having our induction ceremony for the first time at ‘The World Center of Racing’ is going to showcase this year’s inductees — and all of our past inductees — in a manner befitting their accomplishments,” said MSHFA President Ron Watson. “As always, our inductee list reflects the breadth of racing achievement in this country. This year’s class demonstrates our continuing efforts to recognize variety in motorsports, an approach which respectively distinguishes us from other racing halls of fame.”
Ganassi, whose teams represent that diversity, having produced championships and milestone victories in Indycars, sports cars and stock cars, commented: ”I’m truly grateful and honored to be part of the 2016 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America class of inductees. Many of the hall’s inductees are my heroes. To have my name listed alongside theirs is something I will always cherish.”
The MSHFA inductees are selected by a 200-person voting panel that includes racing greats Mario Andretti, Craig Breedlove, Don Emde, Don Garlits and Richard Petty. Tickets for the 2016 Induction Ceremony can be purchased by calling (248) 349-7223 or by visiting www.mshf.com.