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"Fast Freddie" Spence inducted MHoFA

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Thirteenth Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony concluded last evening, June 6, with nine new "Heroes of Horsepower" joining the impressive who's who list of legends inducted into the Hall of Fame...

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Thirteenth Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony concluded last evening, June 6, with nine new "Heroes of Horsepower" joining the impressive who's who list of legends inducted into the Hall of Fame over the past 12 years. Among the newest Heroes of Horsepower is AMA road-racing legend "Fast Freddie" Spencer. Spencer's racing career started in dirt track events at the age of five, and he won numerous amateur events and titles before turning pro in 1978 at 18 years of age. Spencer chalked up impressive numbers during the 17-year span of his professional career. He has logged three Grand Prix World Championships, holds the record as the youngest 500 Grand Prix World Champion (he was 21 at the time), is the only rider in history to win both the 250 and 500 Grand Prix World Championships in the same season (1985) and the only rider to ever win the AMA Superbike, 250 (Formula II) and 500 (Formula I) events in one race weekend, which happened at Daytona International Speedway in 1985.

By 1988, Spencer had effectively retired from Grand Prix racing, but in the following years "Fast Freddie" competed in select AMA Superbike events, officially hanging up his leathers in 1996. Several years later, Spencer again partnered with Honda and began his successful Freddie Spencer's High-Performance Riding School at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Motorsports Hall of Fame, recognizing AMA Pro Racing as the premier motorcycle sanctioning body in the U.S., asked Scott Hollingsworth, CEO of AMA Pro Racing, to present Freddie with his "Horsepower" award.

"I can think of no honor higher than to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame," said Hollingsworth. "Freddie Spencer's accomplishments, in terms of races and championships won, qualify him to take his place with all of you. But, it's how he won those championships, and the span of time in which he won them, that elevates him to the top of the podium." Freddie Spencer now takes his place alongside nine other previously enshrined AMA greats, including Carroll Resweber, Cannonball Baker, Kenny Roberts, Joe Leonard, Joe Petrali, Dick Mann, Roger DeCoster, Malcolm Smith and Jim Davis. Along with these legends of two-wheel motorsport is a laundry list of motorsports icons that includes the likes of Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Carroll Shelby, Richard Petty, Henry Ford, J.C. Agajanian and the list just goes on and on.

The Hall of Fame enshrines "Heroes of Horsepower" into nine different categories from air racing to motorcycle racing, from the early part of the century to current champions. A panel of historians, retired competitors, journalists, and prior living inductees voted for the final selections. Each inductee receives the Hall of Fame's prestigious "Horsepower" award -- an original bronze statuette created by Ann Arbor, Michigan sculptor Michael Curtis.

<pre> Freddie Spencer's AMA Pro Racing history

YEAR DATE LOCATION FINISH MACHINE CLASS 1995 March 12 Daytona Beach, FL 66 Ducati SB 1995 April 2 Pomona, CA 10 Ducati SB 1995 May 1 Monterey, CA 1 Ducati SB 1995 June 4 Lexington, OH 10 Ducati SB 1995 June 11 Elkhart Lake, WI 4 Ducati SB 1995 June 18 Loudon, NH 8 Ducati SB 1995 July 16 Brainerd, MN 4 Ducati SB 1995 Aug. 13 Fairmont City, IL 23 Ducati SB 1995 Aug. 27 Sonoma, CA 29 Ducati SB 1995 Sept. 24 Chandler, AZ 5 Ducati SB 1992 March 8 Daytona Beach, FL 49 Honda SB 1992 April 26 Monterey, CA 10 Honda SB 1992 May 3 Charlotte, NC 20 Honda SB 1992 May 31 College Station, TX 1 Honda SB 1992 June 14 Brainerd, MN 7 Honda SB 1992 June 21 Loudon, NH 4 Honda SB 1992 June 28 Elkhart Lake, WI 3 Honda SB 1992 Oct. 11 College Station, TX 5 Honda SB 1991 March 10 Daytona Beach, FL 66 Honda SB 1991 Aug. 4 Lexington, OH 5 Honda SB 1991 Sept. 8 Topeka, KS 2 Honda SB 1991 Nov. 10 Miami, FL 1 Honda SB 1990 Sept. 9 Topeka, KS 6 Honda SB 1985 March 8 Daytona Beach, FL 1 Honda F-1 1985 March 9 Daytona Beach, FL 1 Honda 250GP 1985 March 8 Daytona Beach, FL 1 Honda SB 1984 March 9 Daytona Beach, FL 1 Honda SB 1984 March 11 Daytona Beach, FL 2 Honda F-1 1983 March 11 Daytona Beach, FL 1 Honda SB 1983 March 13 Daytona Beach, FL 54 Honda F-1 1982 March 7 Daytona Beach, FL 2 Honda F-1 1982 March 5 Daytona Beach, FL 1 Honda SB 1982 July 11 Monterey, CA 12 Honda F-1 1981 March 8 Daytona Beach, FL 56 Kawasaki F-1 1981 March 6 Daytona Beach, FL 3 Honda SB 1981 May 31 Elkhart Lake, WI 1 Honda F-1 1981 March 15 Talladega, AL 1 Honda SB 1981 June 20 Loudon, NH 3 Honda SB 1981 July 18 Monterey, CA 3 Honda SB 1981 Aug. 16 Mt. Pocono, PA 1 Honda F-1 1981 Aug. 16 Long Pond, PA 1 Honda SB 1981 Sept. 13 Kent, WA 2 Honda SB 1981 Oct. 4 Daytona Beach, FL 1 Honda SB 1980 March 8 Daytona Beach, FL 3 Yamaha 250GP 1980 March 9 Daytona Beach, FL 44 Yamaha F-1 1980 March 8 Daytona Beach, FL 2 Honda SB 1980 April 13 Talladega, AL 12 Honda SB 1980 June 1 Elkhart Lake, WI 1 Honda SB 1980 June 15 Loudon, NH 1 Honda SB 1980 Aug. 3 Monterey, CA 2 Yamaha F-1 1980 Aug. 3 Monterey, CA 1 Honda SB 1980 Aug. 17 Long Pond, PA 2 Honda SB 1980 Oct. 5 Daytona Beach, FL 2 Honda SB 1979 March 11 Daytona Beach, FL 2 Yamaha 250GP 1979 June 16 Loudon, NH 1 Yamaha 250GP 1979 June 17 Loudon, NH 4 Ducati SB 1979 July 15 Sonoma, CA 1 Kawasaki SB 1979 July 15 Sonoma, CA 1 Yamaha 250GP 1979 Aug. 5 Monterey, CA 1 Kawasaki SB 1978 March 10 Daytona Beach, FL 8 Suzuki SB

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Drivers Mario Andretti , Henry Ford , Al Unser Sr. , Joe Leonard , Richard Petty , Kenny Roberts Jr. , Freddie Spencer , A.J. Foyt