Mario Andretti will open the show, with Jeff Gordon as the closer, supplying extraordinary high-profile bookends to Tuesday night’s 30th annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone.
The ceremony, set for 7 p.m. at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, will once again honor luminaries from a variety of motorsports disciplines. It will also increase the MSHFA inductee list to 244, encompassing motorcycles, stock cars, sports cars, open-wheel, drag racing, land speed records, powerboating, off-road and aviation racing.
This year marks the third consecutive year the induction ceremony has been held in Daytona Beach. The MSHFA moved to Daytona International Speedway in 2016, from Novi, Michigan. The hall is housed in the speedway’s expansive Ticket and Tours Building located in front of the famed 2.5 DIS tri-oval.
The MSHFA will be the site of Monday night’s (7 p.m.) annual Heroes of Horsepower Reception Presented by Pirelli which involves the unveiling of the seven new inductees’ bronze busts that will be displayed permanently in the hall.
In addition to Gordon, this year’s inductee class includes drag racing car builder John Buttera; Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl G. Fisher; record-setting pilot – and renowned billionaire – Howard Hughes; motorcycle great Fred Merkel; three-time Indianapolis 500 champion owner U.E. “Pat” Patrick; and sports car legend Bob Tullius.
Andretti, a MSHFA inductee himself (1990) will open the evening with a keynote speech. Gordon, in his second year of retirement from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition and now a commentator on FOX, will be the last inductee honored.
“When you consider this year’s class of inductees and then factor in the appearance of Mario Andretti, it’s easy to understand our excitement about this year’s induction ceremony,” said MSHFA President Ron Watson.
“In addition, we are delighted with our new timing for the induction (a change from July). We are now part of a fabulous month for motorsports in Florida. That includes the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, IndyCars at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix and the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville. And, of course Bike Week begins right here this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with the DAYTONA Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship and culminates next week with the 77th annual DAYTONA 200.
“The energy is real and we’re proud to be part of that energy.”
Two other events are also on tap as part of induction-related activities: on Monday at 12 p.m., the Inductee Luncheon Presented by Chevrolet will be held at the DAYTONA 500 Club in the Daytona International Speedway infield, adjacent to Gatorade Victory Lane. On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., the Inductee Luncheon Presented by Toyota will be held in the Rolex 24 Lounge in the speedway’s stadium grandstands.
Tickets for all events on Monday and Tuesday are available by visiting www.MSHF.com or by calling 386.681.6843.
Following is more information about the 2018 class of inductees:
About the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America:
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) held its first induction ceremony in 1989; the facility was headquartered in Novi, Michigan from 1989-2015 and relocated to Daytona Beach, Florida in 2016. The MSHFA is the only hall of fame that encompasses the full spectrum of American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, off-road, powerboats and airplanes. The overriding mission of the MSHFA is to celebrate and instill the American core values of leadership, creativity, originality, teamwork and spirit of competition embodied in motorsports. The MSHFA is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation Inc.