Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray to be Inducted into Miami Sports Hall of Champions "Championship Track" executive joins Shula, Marino, Ali, DiMaggio MIAMI--In honor of "lifetime contributions to sports," Homestead-Miami Speedway...
Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray to be Inducted into Miami
Sports Hall of Champions
"Championship Track" executive joins Shula, Marino, Ali, DiMaggio
MIAMI--In honor of "lifetime contributions to sports," Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray has been selected for induction into the Miami Sports Hall of Champions. Gray will be inducted tomorrow, Sept.19th, during ceremonies at the 17th Annual Sports Hall of Champions Awards at the Miami Hilton. The Hall of Champions, in conjunction with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, honors individuals who have brought "significant recognition to Greater Miami through achievements in, and contributions to, sports and the competitive spirit of the local community."
"What a truly special honor this is," said Gray. "As a South Florida native, to be recognized by your peers takes this to a level beyond most anything I can imagine. And to run down the roster of those enshrined, it's humbling, almost overwhelming, to be listed alongside these athletic greats.
"The growth of the Speedway and Miami motorsports is a reflection on many people who have been involved: local businesses and sponsors, a phenomenal fan base, media partners, our parent-company International Speedway Corporation and especially our staff at Homestead-Miami Speedway."
Past inductees of the Sports Hall of Champions include: Dan Marino, Joe DiMaggio, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, Alonzo Mourning and Greg Louganis. The 2008 induction class includes: LPGA golfer Cristie Kerr, former Miami Dolphin John Offerdahl and Major League Baseball's Cookie Rojas.
During Gray's tenure, Homestead-Miami Speedway has risen to international prominence in the motorsports industry, evident in playing host both to NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend (Nov.14-16) and the 2009 IndyCar Series Championship. A 27-year motorsports veteran-- including a six-year post as the director of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for R.J. Reynolds--Gray assumed the role of track president at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1999.
"There is no one in South Florida who has done more for the sport of racing than Curtis Gray, and I can think of no one more deserving of entering our Miami Sports Hall of Champions," said Barry Johnson, President of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. "Curtis has introduced NASCAR, IndyCar, Grand-Am, motorcycle and karting to a whole new audience here. As a community that embraces all kinds of sports, we are thankful that he calls South Florida home."
To be eligible for consideration for the Sports Hall of Champions induction, an individual must have: a) gained/maintained fame in sports as a player, coach or executive; b) made significant contributions to the betterment of sports in the South Florida community; and c) either be a native South Floridian, or have achieved recognition in local sports and in the community. NBC-6's Tony Segreto will serve as master of ceremonies for tomorrow's affair, scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Miami Hilton. For information on attending, call the Chamber at (305) 350-7700.