Trans-Am Graduate Monte Shelton To Be Inducted into Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 4, 2004) -- Five-time Motorock Trans-Am Series race winner Monte Shelton will be inducted into The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, Oct. 14. Shelton, who competed in the Trans-Am Series from 1976 through 1987, will join six other inductees at the ceremony, which will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, beginning at 7 p.m.
Shelton made a total of 40 starts in Trans-Am competition, all except one, driving Porsches. Beside his five wins, Shelton has 14 podium finishes, 17 top fives and 26 top tens, as well as two poles.
Shelton is just the third inductee into the Hall of Fame coming from motorsports, joining fellow former Trans-Am driver Hershel McGriff, and Len Sutton.
"It's pretty amazing to come from motorports and be inducted into The Oregon Sports Hall of Fame," said Shelton. "This is especially important as it shows that race car drivers are athletes, too.
"My Trans-Am years were very special," added Shelton. "I was privileged to race in the Trans-Am Series. All of my Trans-Am wins came in a Porsche, making it even more special. My most memorable races came at Road America in 1980 and 1981, which we won back to back. In 1980, I started 10th and led the final four laps, beating out 43 other cars. That was a pretty special moment for me."
Shelton, who began racing in 1960, has competed in more than 1,000 events in a 44-year driving career that continues to this day. He won the Portland Rose Cup a record six times and finished second seven times. He has also competed in Can-Am, IMSA, Rolex 24 at Daytona, and Formula 5000. Shelton has won his SCCA region's Super Production title 15 times in the last 20 years.
Shelton joins fellow 2004 Hall of Fame inductees: runner Mary Slaney, former NFL quarterback Chris Miller, WNBA star Katy Steding, basketball player Ed Grossenbacher, football standout Claude Hines, and the 1962-1963 Oregon State University Beavers basketball team.
The Motorock Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th year of competition in 2005.