ROLEX BOB SNODGRASS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 AND BEYOND DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2010) - The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence presented by The Gorsline Company, the first of which will be awarded in 2011, was announced...
ROLEX BOB SNODGRASS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 AND BEYOND
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2010) - The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence presented by The Gorsline Company, the first of which will be awarded in 2011, was announced today at the Rolex Watch USA's Grand Marshal's dinner. The event kicks off the 2010 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 30-31.
This inaugural award, a Rolex Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht-Master Watch, engraved with the words "The Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence," will be presented at the end of the 2010 Grand-Am Series to the team owner or team manager who has demonstrated the qualities of integrity, passion for the sport and the love of cars that have been synonymous with the late Bob Snodgrass throughout his life and career.
The Award of Excellence will be presented in perpetuity and supported by The Gorsline Company, the premier insurer of high-risk professionals. A blue-ribbon panel of motorsports professionals will make the selection.
Snodgrass passed away in 2007 at the age of 64. He was president of Brumos Racing, and president and CEO of the Brumos auto dealerships in Jacksonville, Fla., where he lived for 35 years. As a team owner he has three Rolex 24 at Daytona wins (Brumos Racing has eight) and a total of 10 wins at Daytona. He was a driving force behind the formation of the Grand American Road Racing Association and the Daytona Prototype class. Born in Elmira, N.Y., he saw his first race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and was hooked. Famous for his humor and wit and an accomplished vintage-car racer, Snodgrass, with Peter Gregg, who owned Brumos Porsche from 1965 until his death in 1980, were instrumental in Brumos' entry into motorsports.
Hurley Haywood, the winningest driver at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, with five victories, and a co-driver with Peter Gregg in Brumos-backed cars since 1971, made the announcement.
"I am privileged and honored to have had Bob Snodgrass as a longtime and enduring friend and business associate," said Haywood, who is Vice President of the Brumos automotive dealerships. "There are many team owners and managers in the Grand-Am Series who exemplify Bob's passion for the sport, so it will be a tough decision for the panel to select just one."
Said John Gorsline, principal of The Gorsline Company, "Bob Snodgrass was a remarkable individual, who had an uncanny business and racing savvy to bring Brumos into the championship spotlight for so many years. We are honored to present this award which will help keep his memory alive for many, many years."
"Bob was a great friend to so many in this sport, whether in the Grand-Am Series or in other forms of automobile racing in which he was involved for so many years," commented Allen Brill, Rolex USA President and CEO. "We look forward to presenting this special award at next year's event."