Ray Evernham was in Class 2023 (Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, Calif. – The American Motor Sports Hall of Fame (MSHFA) announced its inaugural class 2023 on Saturday during the Stand 21 Racing Goes Safer at the Acura Grand Prix in Long Beach.
The 35th edition inauguration of the Hall of Fame of America will take place March 6-7, 2023 at Hall House in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The class of 2023 includes:
- Zora Arkus-Duntov: Father of the Corvette and Corvette (sports cars)
- Henry Banks: Longtime USAC Security Officer and Pioneer (Historical)
- Dick Burleson: The most successful American enduro racer (motorcycle)
- Art Chester: Superstar Air Race (Air Force)
- Ray Evernham: One of the most innovative NASCAR crew commanders (Stock Cars)
- Flock: Early Favorite NASCAR Fan (Historical)
- Darrell Gwynn: One of the 50 best riders of all time NHRA (Drag Racing)
- Ab Jenkins: A prolific recorder in speed on the ground (Speed Records)
- Dr. Stephen Olvey and Terry Trammell: Two men who revolutionized emergency services on racetracks and saved countless lives and careers (Open Wheel)
“Part of the reason we wanted to announce this at the Racing Goes Safer seminar is the fact that several members of the 2023 class have played a significant role in improving race safety,” said MSHFA President George Levy. “Our thanks go to Yves Morizot of Stand 21 and the Racing Goes Safer Foundation for making this possible.”
Each MSHFA candidate is elected by a direct vote of 200 motorsport experts – half of them candidates themselves. Regular voters include Mario Andretti (MSHFA class 1990), Chip Ganassi (MSHFA class 2016), Don Garlits (MSHFA class 1989), Tom D’Eath (MSHFA class 2000), Scott Parker (MSHFA class 2009), Richard Petty (class MSHFA 1989), Don Prudhomme (MSHFA class 1991), Rusty Wallace (MSHFA class 2014) and other titans of this sport.
Through last month’s induction class 2022, there are currently 279 Heroes of Horsepower in MSHFA, with the number rising to 288 with the 35th induction class.