The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced its 2023 induction class Saturday during the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.
The next class of racing legends hail the time machine as several Class of 2023 inductees made their mark over half a century ago.
The 35th Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Celebration will honor the next class of racing royalty at the home of the Motorsports Hall of Fame in Daytona Beach, Florida. Next year’s black tie affair will take place on March 6-7, 2023.
The Class of 2023 includes Corvette and Corvette racing father Zora Arkus-Duntov (sports cars), Henry Banks (historic), longtime USAC official and safety pioneer, racer America’s most successful enduro, Dick Burleson (Motorcycles), air racing superstar Art Chester (Aviation), one of NASCAR’s most innovative crew chiefs, Ray Evernham (Stock Cars), early favorite NASCAR fans Fonty Flock (Historic), one of the NHRA’s 50 Greatest Drivers of All Time, Darrell Gwynn (Drag Racing), prolific land speed record holder Ab Jenkins (Speed Records) and two men who revolutionized racetrack emergency services, saving countless lives and careers, Drs. Stephen Olvey and Terry Trammell (open wheel).
“Part of the reason we wanted to make this announcement at the Racing Goes Safer Seminar is that several members of the Class of 2023 have played a major role in improving racing safety,” said the MSHFA President. , George Levy. “Our thanks go to Yves Morizot of Stand 21 and the Racing Goes Safer Foundation for making this possible.”
Two of the inductees at the forefront of safety improvements are Drs. Olvey and Trammel.
“We are honored and thrilled to be included in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s Class of 2023,” said Drs. Olvey and Trammell said jointly. “We would like to thank the many people who have supported us and those we have learned from along our journey to make motorsports safer.”
The MSHFA Class of 2023 was unveiled at a press conference at the Racing Goes Safer Seminar by Levy and Tommy Kendall, 2015 MSHFA inductee and star road racer.
Each of the MSHFA inductees is elected by a direct vote of 200 motorsport experts. Half of the voters are inducted themselves.
Thanks to last month’s Class of 2022 induction, 279 Power Heroes are currently in the MSHFA, a number that will increase to 288 with the 35th Induction Class.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Class of 2023:
Zora Arkus-Duntov (sports cars)
The “Father of the Corvette” turned the American sports car into a racing juggernaut despite frequent opposition from GM’s top management. Thanks to Duntov, Corvettes have raced and won at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans, won countless sports car championships and drag races, and set numerous speed records. He built the Corvette SS and Corvette Grand Sport, as well as influential CERV I and II racing research vehicles. Educated at the Technical University of Berlin, Duntov was a gifted driver, twice winning his class at Le Mans (1954-55) and setting records at Pikes Peak and Daytona.
Henry Banks (historical)
Banks made his mark as a longtime United States Auto Club (USAC) driver and official. Born in England and raised in Royal Oak, Mich, Banks raced midgets and Indy cars. The 1941 East Coast Midget Champion’s best season was 1950 when he became National AAA Big Car Champion and finished second in National Midget points. He raced in the Indianapolis 500 six times, finishing sixth in 1951. As USAC competition director, he helped introduce many safety advancements, including roll bars, fuel cells, flame retardant uniforms and driver restraint systems. As vice president of USAC Properties, he oversaw land speed records.
Dick Burleson (motorcycles)
“King Richard” was America’s most successful enduro racer. Burleson started riding at age 18. By his mid-twenties, he was at the peak of the discipline, which involves racing against the clock on extended cross-country courses, mostly off-road. From 1974 to 1981, he won a record eight consecutive AMA National Enduro Championships. He also won eight consecutive gold medals at the International Six Days Enduro, sometimes referred to as the “Motorcycle Olympics”. After the record 3-time AMA Amateur Athlete of the Year retired from riding, he developed and marketed off-road riding apparel and accessories.
Art Chester (aviation)
After winning the 1930 National Air Races, Chester designed and built a series of groundbreaking aircraft named after Popeye characters. Beginning with the 1933 National Air Races, he won major competitions for several seasons in his Chester “Jeep” and held the world speed record at 237 mph. Aboard “Goon”, Chester won the prestigious Greve Trophy at the 1939 National Air Races. During World War II, he helped develop the tide-turning P-51 Mustang. As the first president of the Professional Race Pilots Association, Chester spawned the Formula 1 of today. He died in his final design, “Swee’ Pea II”, in 1949.
Ray Evernham (stock car)
The modified New Jersey former driver broke new ground in team management and became one of the sport’s most prolific winners. In the 1990s, he and inductee Jeff Gordon (MSHFA Class of 2018) combined for 47 NASCAR Cup Series wins and three titles (1995, 1997, 1998). To improve the speed and efficiency of pit stops, it employed former athletes as crew members with specialized roles and clockwork choreography.
Later, Evernham’s own team won 23 poles and 13 Cup races. ESPN/ABC and NBC analyst and AmeriCARna host, in 2021 Evernham and inductee Tony Stewart (MSHFA Class of 2019) launched the groundbreaking SRX series.
Fonty Flock (historical)
Preceded in the MSHFA by his younger brother Tim Flock (MSHFA Class of 1999), Truman Fontell Flock had his own Hall of Fame credentials. In 154 NASCAR Cup Series starts from 1949-1957, the Fort Payne, Alabama native scored 19 wins, 33 poles and 83 Top 10s. He also won the 1947 National Championship Stock Car Track title and the 1949 NASCAR Modified National Championship.
In 1951, Flock was runner-up ahead of Herb Thomas (MSHFA class of 2017) for the Cup Series title despite being overshadowed by the 2017 inductee in terms of wins, Top 5s, Top 10s, poles and laps on your mind. Flock won the Southern 500 the following year wearing a t-shirt and Bermuda shorts, which became his trademark.
Darrell Gwynn (drag race)
Gwynn was named one of the NHRA’s 50 Greatest Drivers of All Time for his outstanding accomplishments during a tragically truncated career. He won the Top Alcohol Dragster World Championship in 1983, then moved on to Top Fuel, where he had 18 wins and never finished below fourth place in points between 1986 and 1989.
An accident in 1990 resulted in paralysis and the loss of his left arm. As an owner, Gwynn fielded a very competitive TF car for Mike Dunn for almost a decade. He established the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in 2002 and in 2014 opened the Darrell Gwynn Quality of Life Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund.
Ab Jenkins (speed records)
The man who popularized the Bonneville Salt Flats for racing has set more speed records than anyone. In the 1920s, he piloted trains from Salt Lake City to Wendover and from New York to San Francisco. He won both contests. In the 1930s, he led a series of aero-engined “Mormon Meteors” in Bonneville.
In 1936, he soloed 3,254 miles in 24 hours at 153 mph, setting a record unmatched until 2005…by an eight-man team. Later, the longtime mayor of Salt Lake City set 21 more records, including Pontiac’s just before his death. The automaker named the Bonneville in his honor.
Drs. Steve Olvey, Terry Trammell (open wheel)
They revolutionized racetrack emergency services, setting a standard for every form of racing, saving dozens, if not hundreds, of lives. In the 1970s, Olvey developed the first traveling motorsport medical team in the United States for what is now the IndyCar Series. During their tenure in open-wheel racing, the only deaths were from non-survival injuries. No driver was crippled or failed to return to competition. Many were saved from amputation. Both remain consultants for IndyCar. Trammell won the 2021 Louis Schwitzer Prize for advances in biomedical engineering for driver safety.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MotorsportsHOF/ and Instagram and Twitter at @MotorsportsHOF.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and uploaded to this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content on piano.io