CHAMPCAR/CART: IRL: Rahal, Parsons named to Motorsports HoF

Indy Winners Rahal, Parsons earn Motorsports Hall Honors INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, July 28, 2004 -- 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons head a class of seven inductees July 29 into the ...

Indy Winners Rahal, Parsons earn Motorsports Hall Honors

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, July 28, 2004 -- 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons head a class of seven inductees July 29 into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Also being inducted into the hall's 16th class during ceremonies at the State Theatre in Detroit will be NASCAR executive Bill France Jr., NHRA Top Fuel champion Joe Amato, multi-class sports car champion and former Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 starter Geoff Brabham, driver-designer-builder Don Vesco and longtime Los Angeles Times motorsports writer Shav Glick.

Rahal made his Indy-style car debut in 1982 and was named Rookie of the Year. He won Indy as a driver in 1986 and recorded a victory May 30 in the 88th Indianapolis 500 as co-owner of the IRL IndyCar® Series team Rahal Letterman Racing with Buddy Rice behind the wheel.

Rahal recorded seven top-10 finishes in his 13 career Indianapolis 500 starts.

Parsons won the 1949 AAA National Championship after only limited experience in Indy-style cars the previous year. He was second in the 1949 Indianapolis 500 as a rookie, and won the following year. He also finished fourth in 1956.

Parsons had 11 Indy-car style victories. He died in 1984.

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Novi, Mich., houses more than 40 racing and high-performance vehicles. For tickets to the induction ceremony, call (800) 250-7223.

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Series IndyCar , USAC
Drivers Joe Amato , Bobby Rahal , Buddy Rice , Geoff Brabham