Valvoline is returning in 2002 as the sponsor of the prestigious "Jimmy Caruthers Award" at the annual USAC National Awards Dinner.
The award, which honors the spirit and determination of the late USAC Champion Jimmy Caruthers, will be presented for the 24th time on Friday night, January 18, at the Westin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
Rubicon Promotions and Marketing of Indianapolis is pleased to announce an agreement with Valvoline and USAC to renew this sponsorship, which previously spanned the first 18 years of the award.
Inaugurated in 1978 as an award for the USAC National Championship Series "Rookie of the Year," the Jimmy Caruthers Award criteria was changed and it has become a tribute to Jimmy's courageous battle against cancer in 1975, a year in which he claimed USAC's Silver Crown driving championship.
Past award recipients have included Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier and "500" veterans Dick Simon, Jim McElreath, Gary Bettenhausen, Rich Vogler, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, Johnny Parsons, Mark Dismore and Jack Hewitt, plus recent winners Derek Davidson, Rick Hendrix, Brian Gerster, Wally Pankratz and others.
The recipient will receive a cash award as well as a distinctive plaque commemorating his acceptance and the winner's name will be inscribed on the permanent Jimmy Caruthers Award, which stands in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.
Jimmy's cousin, Lonnie, founder of Rubicon Promotions, will assist in the January 18 presentation of the Valvoline Jimmy Caruthers Award.