NHRA museum names McKernan, McClelland directors

NEW BOARD MEMBERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSUEM Dave McClelland and Tom McKernan Named to Board of Directors POMONA, Calif. -- (June 22, 2010) -- Tom McKernan, CEO of Automobile Club of Southern California, and legendary...

NEW BOARD MEMBERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE WALLY PARKS NHRA MOTORSPORTS MUSUEM
Dave McClelland and Tom McKernan Named to Board of Directors

POMONA, Calif. -- (June 22, 2010) -- Tom McKernan, CEO of Automobile Club of Southern California, and legendary voice of NHRA Dave McClelland have been named to the board of directors of The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.

"These two iconic names in the sport of NHRA Drag Racing will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in driving the mission of the museum, as set forth by our founder Wally Parks, to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture," said Alex Xydias, chairman of the seven-person board. Tony Thacker serves as the museum's executive director.

McKernan has been a huge supporter of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, both personally and professionally, forging the deal that brought on the Automobile Club of Southern California as presenting sponsor in 2004. His love for all of motorsports, and drag racing specifically, make him well-suited to serve on the board and lead the museum for future success and growth. McKernan serves on the board of the California State Chamber of Commerce, and was board chair in 1997. He is also on the board and past chair of the California Business Roundtable. He currently is chair of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and serves on the boards of Payden & Rygel Investment Group and Forest Lawn Memorial Parks Association.

"I am honored to join the NHRA museum board. NHRA and drag racing have a long and storied history at the center of the evolution of this truly American sport," said McKernan. "The NHRA supports preserving the knowledge and heritage of this uniquely genuine motorsport. Wally Parks' dream was to have a museum that chronicles the history of drag racing and to share it with as many people as possible. The Board of the Wally Parks' Museum and the NHRA has done a tremendous job and I hope to be able to help continue the growth and value of the museum."

McClelland, known throughout the motorsports world as "The Voice of NHRA" joins the museum board after a lifetime of involvement in broadcasting and drag racing. McClelland began his career in drag racing in 1955 and by 1961 he was full time doing everything from the weather to race announcing and by the late 1960s was working all of NHRA's national events. He later worked as general manger of Dallas International Motor Speedway and for NHRA in the promotion and public relations department. Today, McClelland is often at the museum serving as master of ceremonies for many of the museum functions throughout the year.

"I am humbled and honored at the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum," said McClelland. "Ever since Wally conceived the idea, I have been closely involved with the growth and expansion of one of this country's outstanding motorsports museums."

McKernan and McClelland join Alex Xydias, Peter Clifford, Gary Darcy, Steve Gibbs and Wayne McMurtry on the current board of directors.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, long a dream of NHRA founder Wally Parks, opened to the public April 4, 1998. Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture.

The museum is open year-round, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day), features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 50 years of American motorsports. A gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenir items. Visit the Museum online gift shop at museum.nhra.com

Current NHRA members are admitted free. Admission for non-members is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for juniors 6 through 15, and free for children under the age of 5. Auto Club discounts. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona. Visit museum.nhra.com; call (909) 622-2133

-source: nhra

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