Sports Car Legend Haywood Enters Motorsports Hall
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 18, 2005) - Sports car racing legend Hurley Haywood is still going strong in his fourth decade of competition, but the five-time winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona will slow down long enough to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at tonight's 17th Annual Induction Ceremony in Detroit.
Haywood will be among an elite group that will be added to the Motorsports Hall of Fame's illustrious list of honorees in the annual ceremony this evening at the State Theatre in downtown Detroit. One of the most accomplished American sports car drivers in history, Haywood's five wins in North America's only 24-hour race are part of record that has seen him score more wins than any other driver on Daytona's internationally famous road course. His five Rolex 24 wins are backed-up by three victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a pair of triumphs in the 12 Hours of Sebring.
"Hurley Haywood is both a pioneer and a legend of our sport and in many ways defined sports car racing in this country for decades," Grand American President Roger Edmondson said. "He is a one-of-a-kind driver who continues to pave the way for sports car racing's growth in the United States, and he has stood atop the podium in this country's premier endurance race, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, an incredible five times. We congratulate him on his induction to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America."
Haywood's first victory in the Rolex 24 came in 1973 before adding additional wins in 1975, 1977,1979 and 1991. His first pair of wins were behind the wheel of the equally legendary No. 59 Brumos Porsche 911 Carrera RSR, co-driving with the late Peter Gregg. Haywood still carries the same number and the trademark white, blue and red paint scheme of Brumos Porsche today in the Rolex Sports Car Series, co-driving the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Fabcar with J.C. France.
Haywood, 57, joins an elite class of motorsports legends with enshrinement in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America which is located in the city of Novi, Mich., nearby and just to the Northwest of Detroit. The Hall is home to inductees from all facets of motorsports, including auto racing, motorcycles, powerboats, airplanes, snowmobiles and historic pioneers. Within auto racing, virtually every discipline has been honored including sports cars, drag racing, stock cars, Indy cars, short track, land-speed and more.
Alongside Haywood in this year's class are NASCAR champion Benny Parsons, Indianapolis 500 winners Tom Sneva and Troy Ruttman, drag racer Tommy Ivo, motorcyclist Jay Springsteen, powerboat racer Danny Foster, and car owners/builders John Holman and Ralph Moody. The 2005 class of nine brings the total number enshrined to 155.
Previous inductees include Mario Andretti, Richard Petty, Buck Baker, Brian Redman, Dale Earnhardt, Tim Flock, Bruce McLaren, Briggs Cunningham, Cale Yarborough, Jim Hall, Phil Hill, Junior Johnson, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jim Clark and A.J. Foyt, to name just a few of the legends already enshrined.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.