Motor Racing Legends nominated for Eagle One-Shav Glick Award
Lexington, KY, December 1, 2003 -- Joe Leonard, Chris Pook, Don Prudhomme, Les Richter and Roger Ward have been nominated for the fifth annual Eagle One-Shav Glick Award. The award, presented by the car-care products company, recognizes distinguished achievement in motor racing by a Californian. Previous winners were Dan Gurney, Wally Parks, Parnelli Jones and Rick Mears.
The award, named in honor of the long-time motor sports writer for the Los Angeles Times, will be presented in the winners circle at California Speedway prior to the NASCAR Auto Club 500 on May 2, 2004.
Leonard is the only driver to win AMA Grand National Motorcycle and U.S. Auto Club championships. He drove in nine Indy 500s, finishing third in 1967 and 1972 and won the 1971 California 500 at Ontario Speedway. Pook founded the Long Beach Grand Prix and is now President of CART.
Prudhomme was a four-time NHRA Funny Car champion. Richter was president and overseer of Riverside International Raceway for 23 years and a leading force in the building of California Speedway. Ward won the l959 and 1962 Indy 500 and during a six-year stretch at the Indy 500 he racked up two firsts, two seconds, a third and a fourth, the best in history.
Judges are Mike Harris, Associated Press; Bill Center, San Diego Union; Jim Short, Riverside Press-Enterprise; Doug Stokes, Irwindale Speedway; John Zimmerman, motor sports journalist; and last year's winner, Rick Mears. Eagle One is a division of The Valvoline Company.