Pontiac, MI — Both the postponed 2020 class and the newly selected 2021 class of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will be inducted just days apart as one facet of a week-long celebration of motorsports this fall in Pontiac, Mich.
The MSHFA induction events on Monday, Sept. 27 and Wednesday, Sept. 29 will lead to the American Speed Festival, set for Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the M1 Concourse.
In between the two ceremonies, the MSHFA will offer a combined Heroes of Horsepower event for both classes at The Henry Ford. In addition to plaque unveilings and a dinner, guests will get an exclusive tour of the new “Driven to Win: Racing in America” exhibit presented by General Motors.
“We couldn’t be more honored that the team at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America has chosen M1 Concourse’s new event center to host these two prestigious events,” said Tim McGrane, M1’s CEO. “These induction ceremonies, featuring some of racing’s greatest names, are the perfect bridge between Motor Bella the week before and the American Speed Festival right after. It couldn’t be a better way to kick off a weekend celebration of automotive innovation, speed, and excellence: past, present, and future.”
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2020 induction class had its induction ceremony delayed because of COVID restrictions. The class includes NASCAR’s first-ever champion Robert “Red” Byron (Historic); flat-track impresario Chris Carr (Motorcycles); early motorcycle racer, promoter and publisher Floyd Clymer (At Large); driver, official and safety advocate Wally Dallenbach, Sr. (Open Wheel); Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR’s most successful owners (Stock Cars); Daytona 500 champion Tiny Lund (Historic); Can-Am and Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars); quarter-mile racing legend “Ohio” George Montgomery (Drag Racing); and Baja 500 and 1,000 and SCORE World Champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart (Off-Road Racing).
The 2021 induction class includes three women, along with RACER’s Robin Miller.
“We’re delighted that our induction ceremonies will help kick off the start of the first American Speed Festival,” said George Levy, president, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. “Before the Hall of Fame moved to Daytona, we were located in the Detroit area and hosted most of our induction ceremonies there, so it’s a little like coming home for the Hall of Fame.”
The MSHFA will return to its usual March induction schedule in Daytona Beach next year with the Class of 2022.