- Roger Penske, Donnie Allison, Larry Dixon, Jr., Lyn St. James, Mike Helton and more will introduce the equally accomplished class of 2022 for induction
- 34th Induction Ceremony Presented by Toyota Racing Crowning the Class of 2022 Two-Day Celebration in Daytona Beach March 7-8
- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2009 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) inductee Al Unser Jr., Honorary Chairman of the 34th MSHFA Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyota Racing
- 1985 Indianapolis 500 “Spin to Win” Roundtable and Q&A with Race Winner and 2012 MSHFA Inductee Danny Sullivan and Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles Just Added to the Program for the 34th Celebration of the induction
- Tuesday evening gala and Monday afternoon “Spin to Win” panel broadcast live on the MSHFA Facebook page; Additional inductee and guest interviews air on the MSHFA YouTube channel in live and supplemental streaming coverage hosted by Ryan Myrehn from the Tuesday night gala
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2022) – Past and present stars, industry leaders and racing legends from all facets of the sport arrive in Daytona Beach earlier this week to honor the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Class of 2022 in a two-day celebration culminating in the sold-out 34th Induction Ceremony presented by Toyota Racing at Shores Resort and Spa on March 8.
The Motorsport Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) class of 2022 includes Cobra Daytona coupe designer, 1965 world champion Peter Brock (sports cars), Helio Castroneves (Open Wheel), four-time Indianapolis 500 record winner, the only person in history to win the NHRA Top Fuel Championships as a rider and crew chief, Dick LaHaie (Drag Racing), the Davidsons & Harleys, founders of Harley-Davidson (Historic), “The Henry Ford of race cars”, NASCAR builder Banjo Matthews (Business), the first woman to receive the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism, Autoweek co-founder Denise McCluggage (At Large), NASCAR co-founder and owner of championship winning team Raymond Parks (Historic), “The Cat in the Hat” who orchestrated over 300 NASCAR victories, Jack Roush (Stock Cars) and motorcycle racing innovators who won drag racing titles NHRA, AMA Superspor titles t and Superbike, two Daytona 200 and more, Terry Vance and Byron Hines (Motorcycles).
Several members of the Class of 2022 will be nominated for induction into the MSHFA by an equally accomplished lineup of legends who are already Hall of Famers or on the shortlist of future Hall of Famers.
After sweeping the NASCAR and NTT IndyCar season-opening races of Daytona 500 and the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Roger Penske (MSHFA class of 1995 and pictured top right in the collage below) will introduce Castroneves for induction. Donnie Allison (MSHFA Class of 2011 and pictured top center in the collage below) will do the honors for his friend, automaker and team owner Matthews, while Larry Dixon, Jr. (pictured top left in the collage below) – fresh off his own MSHFA induction into the Class of 2021 – will feature fellow NHRA Top Fuel Champion LaHaie. McCluggage will be congratulated by Lyn St. James, an accomplished sports car driver herself and the 1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
With two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. (MSHFA Class of 2009) presiding over the Class of 2022 as honorary evening president, Tuesday’s ceremony presented by Toyota Racing caps the 34th celebration of the induction of the MSHFA into an expanded schedule of what are now four must-see events.
The MSHFA Museum at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is the site of the Heroes of Horsepower Reception presented by Firestone at 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 7. Another sold-out event, this more casual get-together allows guests to enjoy a dinner promenade. while enjoying the spectacle of the MSHFA Museum. The highlight of the evening is the unveiling of the bronze plaques of the nine new inductees which will be on permanent display in the Hall.
Another central event of the annual induction process is the Inductees Breakfast presented by American Honda taking place on Tuesday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m. EST in the Rolex 24 Lounge at DIS Stadium. The Inductees Breakfast includes the official induction of each year’s Historic Category nominees which, in 2022, includes the founders of the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle brand and NASCAR’s pioneer parks.
Members of the famous Davidson and Harley families will present and accept the honor on behalf of their ancestors while NASCAR Vice President Mike Helton will present NASCAR’s Pioneer Parks for induction.
An all-new and recent addition to the 2022 Induction Celebration is a special 1985 Indianapolis 500 “Spin to Win” panel discussion and Q&A with Race Winner and 2012 MSHFA Inductee Danny Sullivan and President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Doug Boles (pictured top right in the collage above). Scheduled for Monday, March 7 at 3 p.m. EST at Shores Resort and Spa, the talk will chronicle Sullivan’s 1985 victory and share untold stories about the famous trick that didn’t stop him from winning that year’s race. (photo at the bottom in the collage below). The event is open to all guests and ticket holders for the 34th Induction Celebration events.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is offering three different live streams of the 2022 induction celebration. The Tuesday night gala and Monday afternoon “Spin to Win” panel will be streamed live on the Motorsports Hall of Fame’s Facebook page. MSHFA at www.facebook.com/MotorsportsHOF. Monday’s “Spin to Win” show begins at 3 p.m. EST while Tuesday’s 34th Induction Gala, presented by Autoweek, goes live at 7:45 p.m. EST. A second live stream on the MSHFA YouTube channel at the same start time of 7:45 p.m. EST on Tuesday evening runs in tandem with Autoweek’s main stream on Facebook and includes complementary and inducted and guest interviews with the host Ryan Myrehn (pictured left in collage above).
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MotorsportsHOF/ and Instagram and Twitter at @MotorsportsHOF.
About the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America: The MSHFA is the only hall that honors all American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, planes, off-road and motorboats. Its mission is to celebrate and instill the American motorsport values of leadership, creativity, originality, teamwork and competitive spirit. Founded by Larry G. Ciancio and Ronald A. Watson, it held its first induction in 1989. Watson spent the next 30 years building it as the nation’s premier hall until his death in 2019. The original Novi Museum, Michigan, moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2016 and welcomes over 100,000 guests annually. MSHFA is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation, Inc.