BUSCH: IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Force receives Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy

POMONA, CA - RIS - For a third time, John Force has been named winner of the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy as the Driver of the Year by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association. Force, a ten-time NHRA Funny Car Champion and ...

POMONA, CA - RIS - For a third time, John Force has been named winner of the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy as the Driver of the Year by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association.

Force, a ten-time NHRA Funny Car Champion and ten-time member of the AARWBA Auto Racing All America Team, accepted the award at the annual All America Banquet, held Jan. 13 at the Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

In receiving the award, Force matched Mario Andretti as only the second man to receive the award three times, and only the second man to win it twice back-to-back. Force also was the Titus winner last year as well as in 1996. Andretti was the Titus honoree in 1977, 1978 and 1984.

The annual banquet honors members of the All America team. In addition to Force, this year's winners were IRL's Buddy Lazier, NHRA's Gary Scelzi, Trans-Am's Brian Simo, Indy Lights' Scott Dixon and Atlantic's Buddy Rice, all in attendance; as well as CART's Gil de Ferran, Winston Cup's Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart, American Le Mans' Allan McNish, World of Outlaws' Steve Kinser, and Busch Grand National's Jeff Green.

Each driver receives the cast bronze Horsepower Trophy, designed by noted motor sports artist Hector Cademartori.

The event will be televised by KPAL television in Los Angeles on a tape-delayed basis.

Also honored were racing pioneer Andy Granatelli, the National Hot Rod Association on its 50th anniversary and AARWBA stalwart Lyn Pherigo on his retirement from producing the annual All America Program.

The evening was highlighted by video and slide presentations. Master of Ceremonies was NHRA announcer Dave McClelland.

The 32nd banquet, which will be open to the public, will be held January 12, 2002, tentatively at the same location.

-AARWBA

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Series ALMS , Atlantic , IndyCar , Indy Lights , Monster Energy NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NHRA , Trans-Am , World of Outlaws
Drivers Bobby Labonte , John Force , Allan McNish , Jeff Green , Buddy Lazier , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Brian Simo , Mario Andretti , Steve Kinser , Buddy Rice