Wally Parks named to EMPA Hall of Fame

WALLY PARKS INDUCTED INTO EMPA HALL OF FAME GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2008) -- NHRA Founder Wally Parks was inducted posthumously into the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame Saturday night during a ceremony at the 40th annual ...

WALLY PARKS INDUCTED INTO EMPA HALL OF FAME

GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2008) -- NHRA Founder Wally Parks was inducted posthumously into the Eastern Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame Saturday night during a ceremony at the 40th annual EMPA Convention held near Philadelphia.

NHRA Division 1 director Bob Lang accepted the Hall of Fame induction on behalf of NHRA for Parks, who died last September at the age of 94. Parks founded the NHRA in 1951 to provide a safer place to race for hot rod enthusiasts, most of whom were racing illegally on public streets at the time. That goal remains the NHRA's primary mission today, and the sport has grown into a major spectator sport and the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body. NHRA visits 22 major U.S. cities during its 24-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series which is highlighted by coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD, the exclusive broadcast partner of NHRA for the past eight years.

Parks joined seven others who were influential in motorsports in the 2008 EMPA Hall of Fame class, most notably NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett and famed Indy Car and NASCAR car owner Roger Penske.

More than 150 journalists attended the EMPA convention, which NHRA serves as the traditional sponsor of the Saturday morning breakfast. Popular NHRA announcer Bob Frey was the special guest at an NHRA press conference following the breakfast to talk about topics making news in NHRA, including a recap of the 2007 season and his outlook for teams to watch and performance predictions for 2008.

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