HULMAN-GEORGE FAMILY TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS MEDIA AWARD
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 -- The Hulman-George family will receive the prestigious Dusty Brandel President's Award at the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association annual All-America Team dinner presented by Sprint NEXTEL on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.
The 36th annual dinner is moving from its longtime base in the Los Angeles area this year to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The dinner officially will conclude the 50th Anniversary Celebration for AARWBA, the oldest and largest organization of motorsports media professionals in America.
"AARWBA has been a strong force in reporting and promoting auto racing for 50 years," said Mari Hulman George, IMS chairman of the board. "All of my family, beginning with my father, Tony Hulman, has been supporters of AARWBA, and we are pleased to have played a role in its growth and influence. On behalf of my family, thank you for the recognition."
Terre Haute, Ind., businessman Tony Hulman purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Nov. 14, 1945. The facility had deteriorated since the Indianapolis 500 was suspended from 1942-45 due to America's participation in World War II.
But Hulman's vision and leadership helped restore the Speedway to its position as the leading motorsports facility in the world, as the Indianapolis 500 resumed in 1946 and has continued annually as the world's most prestigious auto race.
Hulman guided the Speedway until his death in October 1977. His wife, Mary Fendrich Hulman, became chairman of the board after his death, and their daughter, Mari Hulman George, became chairman of the board in 1988, a position she holds today.
Mari Hulman George's son, Anton Hulman "Tony" George, became president of the Speedway in January 1990 and now is chief executive officer of IMS and the Indy Racing League. Under Tony George's leadership, the Speedway has expanded its schedule to become the only racing facility to play host to the world's three major racing series, with the Indianapolis 500 for the IRL IndyCar® Series, United States Grand Prix for Formula One and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.
"For 50 years, AARWBA has had the respect of the Hulman-George family," AARWBA President Dusty Brandel said. "Tony Hulman was a member and always attended our breakfast meeting the day before the Indy 500. This cooperation has continued over the decades.
"Tony George has been fully supportive, and both IMS and the IRL are official sponsors of the 50th Anniversary Celebration. And, of course, the Speedway became the sponsor of our annual journalism contest. Since the All-America Team dinner will be the official end of AARWBA's first half-century, it's appropriate to recognize the Hulman-George family on that occasion."
The All-America Team of drivers is elected by AARWBA members. The top vote-getter from the various classes will be announced at the dinner as winner of AARWBA's No. 1 honor, the Jerry Titus Memorial Award. 2004 IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan was the 2004 Titus winner and attended last January's team dinner to accept.
Longtime motorsports broadcaster Bob Jenkins, who among his duties has been the IMS Radio Network "Voice of the Indianapolis 500" and has worked on the IMS Public Address team, will be the master of ceremonies at the dinner.
Tickets, for the general public as well as media and sponsors, are available by contacting Brandel at (818) 842-7005 or AARWBA@compuserve.com. Dinner and hotel information also is available www.aarwba.org by clicking on the Banquet link.
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