Mark Martin among inductees into Motorsports Hall of Fame
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Retired NASCAR driver Mark Martin and former motocross star Ricky Carmichael are among the 2015 inductees into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
The seven-member class also includes off-road racer Walker Evans, six-time NHRA champion Warren Johnson and four-time Trans-Am Series champion Tommy Kendall. It also includes two deceased drivers, Duke Nalon (sprint and midget cars) and Lloyd Ruby (USAC).
”This year’s class truly reflects the wide range of American motorsports, which has always been the foundation for our facility,” said Ron Watson, president of the Hall of Fame. ”These gentlemen achieved success on two wheels and four, on dirt and pavement, on every kind of track – plus off the road entirely.”
Kendall and Carmichael were present for Friday’s announcement.
”A lot of the names on this year’s Hall of Fame are heroes of mine,” Kendall said. ”It doesn’t really compute. I’ve been lucky to have good things happen during my career. To be mentioned with names like that … at the end of the day it’s nice to be recognized for the work you did.”
Added Carmichael: ”As a kid growing up racing dirt bikes, I never would have thought something like this was possible for me. To be in the company of some of the greatest names in motorsports is surreal.”
The 27th class will be inducted June 18 at Detroit’s Fillmore Theater. The hall, currently in Novi, Michigan, is moving to Daytona International Speedway in January 2016. The move coincides with the scheduled completion of the track’s $400 million renovation.