Skavnes to receive RRDC Donohue award

Skavnes to Receive RRDC Mark Donohue Award at SCCA Convention David Donohue will induct father, Mark, into SCCA Hall of Fame Kris Skavnes will receive the Road Racing Drivers Club's annual Mark Donohue Award at the Feb. 2-5 Sports...

Skavnes to Receive RRDC Mark Donohue Award at SCCA Convention
David Donohue will induct father, Mark, into SCCA Hall of Fame

Kris Skavnes will receive the Road Racing Drivers Club's annual Mark Donohue Award at the Feb. 2-5 Sports Car Club of America National Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

The Mark Donohue Award goes to an SCCA Runoffs driver who RRDC members feel stands head and shoulders above the rest for personal spirit, sportsmanship, and driving. Winning the race is not a required criteria. Skavnes, Sparta, N.J., raced a Subaru to second place in the T2 class.

The award will be co-presented by RRDC member David Donohue, son of the late Mark Donohue, by RRDC President Bobby Rahal, and by RRDC member Kent Prather.

Rahal, a SCCA National Champion at the Runoffs before turning pro and eventually winning the 1986 Indianapolis 500, will be the Convention's keynote speaker. Rahal is now co-owner of Rahal-Letterman Racing in the Indy Racing League.

Mark Donohue, a former President of the RRDC, came through the ranks of SCCA Club Racing and was a 1961 SCCA National Champion in amateur racing, before going on to win multiple professional championships in the SCCA's Trans-Am, USRRC and Can-Am series.

Mark won the 1972 Indianapolis 500, the inaugural IROC series, and the first NASCAR race for American Motors.

"It is really special and very ironic, to be able to give an award named after my dad to Kris," David Donohue said. "When I was starting in road racing and wondering whether or not there was a future in it, Kris was one of my teammates in a Saturn car effort. Kris is a really nice guy and an excellent driver."

David Donohue shared the GT-2 class win in the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans, and now races a Porsche-Fabcar for Brumos Racing in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.

Donohue will award Skavnes a plaque mounted on a damaged wheel from Andy Pilgrim's Cadillac CTS-V, which crashed heavily in practice for the SCCA Speed World Challenge GT event at Canada's Mosport Raceway last year. The wheel was contributed by GM Racing.

A damaged wheel from a significant race car has annually served as the Donohue Award trophy since 1972 when Mark Donohue presented one from a Porsche 917/10 he had personally crashed to winner Dave Weitzenhof.

David Donohue will also accept his father's induction into the SCCA's new Hall of Fame, which was formed in 2004 to honor members who have made significant contributions to the development of the SCCA's goals.

About the Road Racing Drivers Club
The Road Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1952 with a goal to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The RRDC has more than 150 active members. The Club's President, Bobby Rahal, along with David Letterman, owns the 2004 Indianapolis 500 winning team, and is the 1986 Indy 500 winner. John Fergus is the Club's Vice President/Treasurer, and Don Knowles is the Secretary. In addition to members lending their expertise to up-and-coming drivers, the Club presents three annual awards: the Phil Hill Award for rendering outstanding service to road racing; the Mark Donohue Award for personal spirit and performance at the SCCA Runoffs; and the Bob Akin Award for "speed with style" -- passion, sportsmanship and contribution to motorsports.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Andy Pilgrim , David Donohue , Don Knowles , Bob Akin , Mark Donohue