Fernandez Racing Backs Return Of AARWBA 'Straight Shooters' Award
The "Straight Shooters" Award, in memory of photographers Art Flores and Ron Hussey, will be presented by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association for the next three years with support from Fernandez Racing of the Indy Racing League. AARWBA, the country's oldest and largest organization of motorsports media professionals, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The "Straight Shooters" Award is intended to recognize an individual or group who show care for others in the racing photographers' community or for special achievement. It was the idea of Flores, the late AARWBA photo committee chairman, and was first presented three years ago. Flores, who died last year, and Hussey, who died in 2000, were both long-time award-winning motorsports photographers. Fernandez Racing driver-owner Adrian Fernandez, and team co-owner Tom Anderson, suggested renaming the honor in recognition of Flores' and Hussey's contributions to racing.
The winner will be chosen by an AARWBA committee. A plaque and $250 prize will be presented to the recipient at AARWBA's annual members' breakfast meeting May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"On behalf of all our members, I want to thank Adrian and Tom for this wonderful idea," said AARWBA President Dusty Brandel. "Their support allows AARWBA to remember two distinguished photographers. This also enables us to acknowledge our gratitude to those who give special help to the photo community, or show special achievement behind the lens, in the spirit of Art and Ron."
Adrian Fernandez won three IRL races in 2004. The team has announced plans to field Honda-powered cars for veteran Scott Sharp and '04 League Rookie of the Year Kosuke Matsuura in the full '05 IndyCar season.