Knoxville to honor P. Ray Grimes

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 30, 2003) - P. Ray Grimes, former director of racing at Knoxville Raceway, will be honored at the National Sprint Car Museum on Saturday, July 12th, beginning at 2 p.m. on the museum's second floor. The salute...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 30, 2003) - P. Ray Grimes, former director of racing at Knoxville Raceway, will be honored at the National Sprint Car Museum on Saturday, July 12th, beginning at 2 p.m. on the museum's second floor. The salute to the current Walcott, Iowa, resident is part of Knoxville's on-going celebration of its fiftieth consecutive season of weekly auto racing. That night, former Knoxville Nationals champion Sammy Swindell of Tennessee will attempt the Gold Rush Challenge in order to claim $25,000 after starting the 410-cubic-inch sprint car feature event in 25th position.

The general public is invited to visit with Ray Grimes and his wife Naomi at two o'clock, after which Grimes and interviewer John Tomasek will be filmed by track videographer Kris Krohn. The videotape is being done as part of the museum's permanent collection of historical interviews. Grimes, who coined the phrase 'Win Friends and Influence Racing' during his successful tenure in the mid-Seventies, was hired by the Marion County Fair board after initial official Marion Robinson and before current director Ralph "Cappy" Capitani.

On Saturday night, July 12th, Knoxville Raceway will host the Wells Fargo-sponsored 25-lap Gold Rush Challenge for the 410's, and the Twin Features for the 360's. The museum, which is open seven days a week, will be open to the public that day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. For more information about the museum, fans are urged to visit the www.sprintcarhof.com web-site.

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Series Automotive , Sprint
Drivers Sammy Swindell