Tiny Lund's Daytona 500 trophy visits Daytona USA

Tiny Lund's 1963 Daytona 500 Trophy, Carnegie Medal Visit DAYTONA USA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 20, 2002) -- Through his incredible display of heroism, Tiny Lund made the 1963 Daytona 500 one of the most memorable in the history of the "Great ...

Tiny Lund's 1963 Daytona 500 Trophy, Carnegie Medal Visit DAYTONA USA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 20, 2002) -- Through his incredible display of heroism, Tiny Lund made the 1963 Daytona 500 one of the most memorable in the history of the "Great American Race."

On Feb. 14, 1963, 10 days before the Daytona 500, Marvin Panch suffered severe burns when he crashed an experimental Maserati car testing for the 250-mile American Challenge Cup race. Among the first to arrive on the scene was Tiny Lund, whose heroic efforts helped Panch escape from the burning car.

Panch, who was unable to race in the Daytona 500, recommended to the Wood Brothers that Lund be his replacement. The Wood Brothers ended up tapping Lund as Panch's substitute and Lund went on to captured the Daytona 500. He was also awarded the Carnegie Medal of Heroism.

Now both Lund's Daytona 500 trophy and his Carnegie Medal have returned to Daytona International Speedway. Lund's son, Chris, has loaned out his late father's trophy and medal for temporary display inside DAYTONA USA.

"In my mind those two - the Daytona 500 trophy and the Carnegie Award - are linked together," said the 31-year-old Chris Lund after placing the trophy and award on display inside the official attraction of NASCAR.

Guests at the motorsports attraction can view Lund's Daytona 500 trophy and Carnegie Medal inside Goodyear's Heritage of Daytona display.

"Looking around (DAYTONA USA), I can't think of a more appropriate place for it to be," said the 31-year-old Lund.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Marvin Panch , Tiny Lund