Three-Time Indy 500 Champion & 8-Time Top Fuel Winner Joining Motorsports Legends For September Ceremony
The three-day event is schedule to take place Sept. 27-29 at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan.
Castroneves will be the Honorary Chairperson for the Class of 2020 induction on Sept. 27, followed by Pruett serving in the same role for the Class of 2021 ceremony on Sept. 29.
“It is a huge honor to be asked to be the Honorary Chairperson,” Castroneves said. “When you look through the names in this prestigious fraternity, it is staggering to think of the combined talent represented. There are many members of this hall that have had a huge impact on my career, none more so than Roger Penske (MSHFA Class of 1995), and I hope to join them in the Hall one day.
“It is going to be a great night for motorsports, and I am grateful for this opportunity.”
Pruett echoed those sentiments when she said, “it is such an incredible honor to be selected as the Honorary Chairperson of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s 2021 class, especially this year since three of the nine inductees are women, the most of any class in the Hall’s history.
“These women have helped to knock down barriers and pave the way for other females, like myself, to have an opportunity to compete on an even playing field. The women who came before me helped to redefine how women were perceived in motorsports, and it’s my goal to help contribute to their legacy.”
Castroneves will speak before the MSHFA Class of 2020, which includes NASCAR’s first-ever champion Robert “Red” Byron (Historic), flat-track impresario Chris Carr (Motorcycles), early motorcycle racer, promoter and publisher Floyd Clymer (At Large), driver, official and safety advocate Wally Dallenbach, Sr. (Open Wheel), Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR’s most successful owners (Stock Cars), Daytona 500 champion Tiny Lund (Historic), Can-Am and Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), quarter-mile racing legend “Ohio George” Montgomery (Drag Racing) and multi-time Baja 1000 and SCORE Champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart (Off-Road).
Pruett will address the MSHFA Class of 2021, which includes one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers Davey Allison (Stock Cars), three-time land speed record holder John Cobb (Historic), three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon Jr. (Drag Racing), Indy and NASCAR trailblazer Janet Guthrie (Open Wheel), 2006 MotoGP World Champion “Kentucky Kid” Nicky Hayden (Motorcycles), legendary Indy correspondent Robin Miller (Media), seven consecutive APBA Gold Cup winner Fran Muncey(Powerboats), multi-time USAC and NASCAR champion Ray Nichels (Historic) and world class timer/scorer Judy Stropus (Sports Cars).
Past honorary chairpersons for MSHFA induction ceremonies include Mario Andretti, Kurt Busch, Chase Carey, Willie G. Davidson, John Force, Lesa France Kennedy, Bob Lutz, Ralph Gilles and more.