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Richard Childress, Chip Ganassi among 7 inductees to Motorsports Hall of Fame

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The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America has announced its 2016 class, which will be inducted Wednesday at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach.

The class, which includes NASCAR owners Richard Childress and Chip Ganassi, is the first to be inducted since the MSHFA moved from Novi, Michigan. The hall’s new facility is located at Daytona International Speedway’s Ticket and Tours Building and will be open to the public for the first time on Sunday.

Childress’ induction comes after he was also voted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame last month.

Here is the full list and bios of the seven people who are now part of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

  • Everett Brashear – One of the top AMA dirt-track motorcycle racers of all-time, Brashear won a total of 15 AMA nationals between 1952-1960. After exiting from competition, Brashear immersed himself in other areas of the motorcycle industry, working for Harley-Davidson, Triumph, Yamaha and Kawasaki. In all, he spent 47 years in the industry. Brashear was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1988.

  • Richard Childress – Childress’ remarkable career evolved from being a struggling stock car racer to becoming one of the premier owners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, winning six championships with 2002 MSHFA inductee Dale Earnhardt (1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93, ’94). Has 14 championships in NASCAR national series competition, second-best all time. His drivers have won the Daytona 500 twice and the Brickyard 400 three times.

  • Gary Gabelich – Gabelich chased speed records on both land and water during a brief but mercurial competitive career for the former Apollo test astronaut. In 1969, Gabelich established a quarter-mile Drag Boat record of 200.44 mph. A year later, driving the “Blue Flame” he set FIA Land Speed Records of 622.407 mph over a flying mile and 630.388 mph over a flying kilometer at the Bonneville Salt Flats. His competitive career ended after a 1972 accident in an experimental Funny Car. He died in 1984 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

  • Chip Ganassi – Ganassi is the only car owner to have won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Brickyard 400. Between February 2010 and January 2011, his drivers swept those four events, giving him an unprecedented “Grand Slam” in America’s major auto races. Overall, his teams have won 18 championships and more than 170 races. His open-wheel teams have amassed 11 championships and more than 100 victories – including five in the Indianapolis 500. His NASCAR teams have 17 victories including a Daytona 500 victory, and have twice qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. His sports car teams have a record six Rolex 24 At Daytona victories to complement their seven Rolex Sports Car Series championships.

  • Dave McClelland – Known as “The Voice of the NHRA” McClelland is one of the most legendary voices in all of motorsports and certainly the most legendary in the history of drag racing. But his face is very recognizable, too, thanks to his years of NHRA-related work on ESPN, SPEED and The Nashville Network. His background also includes a stint as a race track executive followed by a successful run as NHRA publicity and public relations director. He has been recognized with a number of awards during his career including the 2013 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented annually to pioneers in the hot rod and restoration industry.

  • Sam Posey – Posey has excelled both on the race track and in the broadcast booth, in the process becoming one of this country’s most recognizable and respected motorsports personalities. Posey raced in Can-Am, Trans-Am, Indy Car, sports cars, Formula One and NASCAR competition. He raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 10 times, finishing in the top 10 five times, with a best finish of third in 1971. After leaving competition he became an ABC commentator in 1974 and now works for NBC Sports Network on Formula One coverage and has written numerous well-regarded books and magazine articles on motorsports subjects.

  • Bob Sweikert – Los Angeles native Sweikert had a season for the ages in 1955, winning the Indianapolis 500, the AAA “Big Car” National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Championship, becoming the first driver to sweep all three honors in a single season. … Sweikert was the first driver to exceed 100 mph on a one-mile oval track. … His career was halted at the age of 30, his full potential unrealized, when he died in June 1956 after a Sprint Car accident at Salem (Indiana) Speedway. … He was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 1994 and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1995.