Pontiac Named Car Craft Manufacturer of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 1998) -- Pontiac was named "Automobile Manufacturer of the Year" for the second consecutive year at the 31st Annual Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Awards banquet held at the Westin Hotel. Fred Simmonds, ...

INDIANAPOLIS (September 6, 1998) -- Pontiac was named "Automobile Manufacturer of the Year" for the second consecutive year at the 31st Annual Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Awards banquet held at the Westin Hotel. Fred Simmonds, Motorsports Manager for Pontiac accepted the award.

"On behalf of everyone at Pontiac-GMC, I would like to thank the readers of Car Craft magazine and Petersen Publishing for this tremendous award," said Simmonds. "It is only fitting that this banquet should be held in conjunction with the U.S. Nationals where so many Pontiac cars and drivers have contributed to the legacy and heritage of this classic Labor Day spectacle.

"None of this would be possible without the race teams and drivers that make up our family at Pontiac Motorsports. To all of you, I extend our sincerest gratitude for all of your hard work, and dedication to excellence that is Pontiac Racing excitement!"

The Car Craft awards ceremony has been a drag racing tradition since 1967. Ballots for the 1998 All-Star Drag Racing Team appeared in the March '98 issue of the magazine. Readers were encouraged to vote for their favorite in each category, based upon their performances during the just-completed racing season through the present. The top three vote-earners in each category were named as finalists.

In addition to Automobile Manufacturer of the Year, Pontiac teams and drivers won in eight of the 26 contested categories, more than any other manufacturer in the sport.

In the sportsman categories, Mike Federer won in Super Gas, Darren Davis in Competition, and Tony Christian in the NMCA Pro Street division.

In the professional categories, Rich Purdy and Jerry Bickel were recognized as Pro Stock crew chiefs of the year, Warren Johnson was named Pro Stock driver of the year, Mike Green won in the Top Fuel crew chief category, and Cory McClenathan was named Top Fuel driver of the year.

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Drivers Warren Johnson , Cory McClenathan