Dave Marcis was awarded the Buddy Schuman for NASCAR Excellence on Thursday, November 20, in New York City. The award, sponsored by Champion Spark Plugs, honors a significant life time contribution to NASCAR racing.
"I'm very familiar with the award and the people who have received it in the past," said Marcis. "It has been people that have built the sport, like Bill France Sr. and Bill (France) Jr. It's a prestigious award and I'm proud to have it."
Marcis began his NASCAR career in the late 1960s when he moved from Wiconsin to North Carolina. He has made 759 starts, with five wins and 12 pole postions, and raced for such car owners as Roger Penske and Nord Krauskopf.
In 1975 he finished second in the drivers' championship to Richard Petty. He also started in 32 consecutive Dayotna 500's, a string that was broken in 2001 when he missed the field.
"The award means a lot, when you see all the people throughout racing history who have done so much for the sport -- and then to watch Dave Marcis receive that award is special because he's put so much of his life into this sport," team owner Richard Childress said. "To see him take an honor like that, I thought was wonderful."
"He has worked so hard at it," said Jay Signore, IROC president. Marcis is the chief test driver for the IROC series.
Marcis plans to make the 2002 Daytona 500 his final race. The status of Marcis Auto Racing is not known after that. "I'm not really sure at the moment what we're gonna do," Marcis said.
Bill Jordan's Realtree Camouflage sponsorship will be on the car for Speedweeks. "I'm hoping someone's gonna come along and have a sponsor they want to get involved and would like to talk to us about working with us -- maybe even someone who wants to do five or six races.
He also plans to test for Richard Childress and continue his IROC duties.
"It's hard -- it hasn't been easy but it's been enjoyable," said Marcis.