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Unser Jr, Fittipaldi, Rossi among RRDC’s new members

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Unser Jr, Fittipaldi, Rossi among RRDC’s new members
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Jan 12, 2017, 6:02 PM

Twenty-five drivers and other motorsport figures have been added to the Road Racing Drivers Club, including champions and stars from around the world.

Bobby Rahal
#37 Gelo Racing Team Porsche 935: John Fitzpatrick, Jean-Louis Lafosse, Harald Grohs
Alex Wurz, Williams Driver Mentor / GPDA Chairman
#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque
Doug Fehan of Corvette Racing
Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Chris Pook

Three-time Indy car champion and 1986 Indy 500 winner, Bobby Rahal, who is president of the RRDC, stated: “We are honored to welcome a group of outstanding racing champions and high achievers in the auto-racing arena. It’s clear that they are not only accomplished representatives of the sport, they have conducted themselves honorably off the track, a quality the RRDC members take into consideration when voting in new members.

“We also appreciate that each new member has enthusiastically accepted membership in the RRDC. We look forward to working with them as the RRDC continues to pursue its goals of recognizing and mentoring aspiring racecar drivers through a variety of programs.”

Indy 500 winners Al Unser Jr. and Alex Rossi are among those who have joined, as are two-time Le Mans winner Alex Wurz, who is currently serving as president of the Grand Prix Drivers Association, and legendary sportscar ace John Fitzpatrick.

Both Taylor brothers, Jordan and Ricky, have been included along with fellow current IMSA aces Christian Fittipaldi, Joel Miller and Jon Bennett.

Rising stars in the world of open-wheel racing who are now RRDC members include Matthew Brabham, Gabby Chaves, Sage Karam and Spencer Pigot.

They are joined by George Fizell who won four SCCA titles in Formula Vee; Jeff Purner who notched a championship in the Firestone Firehawk series; Amy Ruman, the first female champion in the 50-year history of the SCCA Trans-Am series; and Jeff Zwart, a champion in both SCCA Pro Rallying and in the Baja 1000.

New associate members include Doug Fehan, program director of Corvette Racing, John Doonan, Mazda’s motorsport director,

Craig Bennett of Milford, Michigan, a former SCCA GT1 national champion, Don Kitch Jr. a longtime SCCA racer and driving instructor; and Ed Pink renowned racing engine builder.

Honorary RRDC memberships were extended to Walter Czarnecki Jr., the former motorsport boss at American Motors Corporation and longtime vice chairman at Penske Racing; Chris Pook, who started the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (and other street-course events) and Andrew Scriven, chief designer for Crawford racecars.

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