Daytona Beach, FL — Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves will preside over the induction of NASCAR’s first-ever champion 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 (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 legend “Ohio George” Montgomery (Drag Racing), and Baja 1000 and SCORE World Champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart (Off-Road Racing).
“It is a huge honor to be asked to be the honorary chairman for the 2020 induction class of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America,” Castroneves said. “When you look through the names of all inductees, it is staggering to think of the combined talent represented. There are many members of this hall that have had a huge impact on my career, none more so than (1995 inductee) Roger Penske, and I hope to join them in the hall one day. It is going to be a great night for motorsports, and I am grateful for this opportunity.”
Castroneves has put together a hall-of-fame-worthy career with his Indy 500 conquests in 2001, 2002 and 2009; his overall 30 IndyCar wins (12th all time), 51 poles, 93 podiums and 167 Top 10 finishes. He also has four wins in the Indy Lights series and one win each in the American Le Mans Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
In addition to the hall of fame ceremony, the MSHFA Induction Celebration will include the annual Heroes of Horsepower presented by Toyota reception on March 16 at the MSHFA Museum.