Sad news. Brad Stevens, Holmatro Guest Relations, passed away lrecently. Brad worked with several race teams through the years and spent the last decade plus as the Holmatro Guest Relations person for INDYCAR. He was always the first to say he knew little about the technical side, or operation of the tools, but was always our number one supporter. Brad will be missed. Please keep Brad, his family, and the Holmatro family in your prayers.
Wanted to reach out and get the Cart/Indy car family together to cheer up Cheryl Alexander. She had a very bad accident in May and has been in rehabilitation facilities since then. Cheryl could use some positive uplifting support. She does not have email. So if anyone has an extra card and a few minutes to send her some love. We think that would just make her day. She has a new phone, so If want her to contact you, add your phone # in your greeting: Cheryl Alexander Sunrise of Rochester 500 East University drive. Room 208 Rochester, Mi 48307
To all CART Alumni: Re: 2021 Virtual Reunion update, Greetings again to all CART Alumni. The CART Alumni Association wants to remind everyone that we will be having our 2021 virtual reunion via zoom on December 12, 2021 at 7pm EST. We have really been having a good time trying all the new gadgets attributed to the ZOOM concept. We wanted to share some of the cool features we will be utilizing. First, we will have separate zoom rooms for you to enjoy. These will be listed as the different departments that made up our track support such as Control, Safety, Tech, Volunteers credentials, etc,. This will make it easy for our Alumni to jump from room to room and find different alumni from different departments. Easy-Peasy. Second, we are working on a memoriam to highlight those Alumni we have lost. We can never forget those friends that touched our lives from drivers to crew members and officials. We hope to have a room designed especially for this. If any of you has heard of any fallen alumni that we have missed, please fill free to drop us a line and let us know so they can be added to the memoriam. The Alumni Committee is excited and can’t wait to see everyone virtually. This new virtual reunion experience should be a lot of fun. We look forward to the day when we can meet face to face in the future, but, as the CART Alumni prepares to host our first CART Alumni Virtual Reunion on December 12, at 7pm EST, We are inviting all CART Alumni to please join us. We are excited to speak to all of you and exchange stories and remember good times. The Committee had an opportunity to play around on a mini zoom meeting going from room to room and the experience was an absolute blast to play with and we can’t wait to share this experience with all of you. So let’s get excited to see some old friends. We look forward to seeing you all on December 12, 2021 at 7 pm EST. For now, stay safe and healthy as we look forward to seeing you all virtually. CART Alumni Association Ray Dock
Greetings to all CART Alumni. We hope everyone had a nice and fun filled summer and is healthy wealthy and wise. As stated in our last update, the Alumni Committee is anxious to see all the CART family and friends at a face to face reunion and have a cold beverage and reminisce about the good old times as well as get caught up on present happenings. The stubbornness of Covid-19 has slowed any planning for a formal reunion in 2021 and moved planning to 2022.
With that being said, the CART Alumni Committee has moved forward with reunion plans for a virtual reunion on zoom with a tentative date being the first or second weekend in December. As plans come together an exact date will be sent out in a future reunion update. This new reunion experience should be a lot of fun. We are looking to have multiple rooms where everyone will have the option to go and talk to different alumni as well as share videos and what not. So get ready to mix a cocktail, crack a beer or just have a soda and kick your shoes off in the comfort of your own home and relax as the CART Alumni hosts our first CART Alumni Virtual Reunion. Sounds so exciting. The CART Alumni Committee has experimented with small virtual gatherings, and while it was not in person, everyone involved had a great time. So get excited to see some old friends. Be on the lookout for further updates for the exact date and time. For now, stay safe and healthy as we look forward to seeing you all virtually. -CART Alumni Association
To All Indy Lights and CART Alumni: There is a big event being planned to take place the weekend of June 26 2022. The 100th Running of the Great Pikes Peak Hill Climb. This date also marks the date that Paul Dallenbach will take his very last run to the clouds before retiring from the event. A very special time.
Terry Dale and I have been in contact with the Pikes Peak organizers during a recent zoom meeting and they are very happy to extend their hands out to help us organize a special event experience to all our CART Alumni family. At this time we are looking into hotels as well as credentials for those interested in attending.
Since the CART Reunion has been postponed till 2022, this would make the perfect opportunity to share the excitement of the event as well as get together and tell stories and have a beer or cocktail (a soda is fine too), and have some fun as we cheer on Paul Dallenbach. Also, we plan on having a dinner in honor of the Dallenbach family one evening. Here is what we need from those that are interested in attending. Please PM either Terry Dale or myself (Ray Dock), and let us know you are interested. We will put you on the information list as plans become finalized. We are looking to have a great event and hope many if not all will be joining us as we send Paul Dallenbach off on his last Pikes Peak climb to the clouds. Ray Dock with Terry Dale 2022 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Organizing Team
Greetings to all CART Alumni. We hope everyone is safe and healthy as the world begins to slowly return to normal. The Alumni Committee is anxious to see all the CART family and friends at a face to face reunion and have a cold beverage and reminisce about the good old times as well as get caught up on present happenings. With that being said, the Alumni Committee has been trying to move forward with reunion plans. Sadly we are now facing the Delta Variant. Because of this spreading through our communities, Brett Crabtree was nice enough to take the time and put together two separate surveys aimed at learning what your thoughts were on attending a live reunion or not. We appreciate all that responded. The results of the two surveys varied somewhat. There was a number of Alumni who were ready to go and move forward. However, there were also an equal number of Alumni who felt some apprehension with the Delta Variant and thought it was too early. After much discussion between the Alumni Committee, the Committee has decided to stand on the side of safety and post-pone a live reunion till next year. It is a sad thought, but the CART Alumni Association does not want to put anyone in jeopardy, and does not want anyone to be apprehensive or have to miss a reunion due to not being comfortable. The Committee has discussed other options for the time being. As posted in previous updates, options include possible virtual reunions. As discussions move forward we will give further updates as we make new Alumni goals for future events. For now, stay safe and healthy as we continue to navigate through these unusual times we live in. -CART Alumni Association Raymond Dock
André Ribeiro dies at 55 at the age of intestinal cancer. Brazilian motor racing is in mourning. At 55, André Ribeiro died due to health problems. The information was confirmed by Group1, the company the former pilot worked for Brazilian motorsport is in mourning this Sunday (23). André Ribeiro da Cunha Pereira died at age 55, as a result of bowel cancer. The Brazilian passed through Indy between 1995 and 1998, with three victories in the period.
From PFC Brakes: For nearly 25 years Darrick Dong has contributed to the success of PFC brakes in the racing world. Steadfast, passionate and a true professional, Darrick’s knowledge of the total braking system has been pivotal to the success of PFC. Darrick's ability to educate PFC’s customers on how they properly install, tune and personalize their brake packages, was truly a gift and something to be cherished. His time and know-how gained at Tilton engineering, along with the years of experience of working with professional race teams are the catalysts of what has elevated the PFC Brakes Motorsports department to what it is today. Darrick strived to embody every principle that makes the racing industry great with his stubborn “no stone left unturned” demeanor toward troubleshooting a brake system for a customer in need. Darrick was a fierce competitor and always put his customers and racers first. His dedication to PFC and the motorsports industry cannot be rivaled and we will continue to push the NO COMPROMISES™ attitude that he so greatly brought to light in the racing world. Darrick’s legacy will forever be remembered and ingrained into culture of PFC. Rest in Peace Darrick.
To All CART Alumni
As the events caused by Covid-19 continue, we hope you have remained safe and healthy. This newsletter is to let all CART alumni know that while we were sad the 2020 CART Reunion Had to be cancelled, we are happy to see our communities beginning to show signs of reopening. We wanted everyone to know that the Alumni committee has not wavered in its efforts to continue looking forward to when we will be able to meet in person, and to look into alternatives if in person meetings are not available. With that being said the CART Alumni Association is excited to announce, while cautiously, we are beginning to plan for a live in person reunion later this year, most likely in the month of October. So as we continue to monitor the state of our communities we will have further updates in the near future regarding the 2021 CART Alumni Associations Reunion. It is an exciting time. On a different topic, most of you may remember in November of last year we mentioned our intentions to experiment with zoom mini reunions. The CART Alumni Association has moved forward with three mini reunion experiments to see how things work. We are happy to announce that the zoom mini reunions were a success. We would like to thank all those that took part in helping us with this project, including Wally & Peppy Dallenbach, who joined in on the latest zoom reunion. The success with the zoom mini reunions definitely give the CART Alumni Association options for a fun alternative if Covid-19 should become relevant again to a massive community shut down in the future. So get excited Alumni because we are in the planning stages of the 2021 CART Alumni Reunion. Be on the watch for further updates in the near future as we watch our communities continue to reopen. So join us in our excitement as we look forward in seeing our CART family and friends in a live reunion. CART Alumni Association, Raymond N. Dock
JOAN ROUÉ AND TERRY DALE ADDED TO CMHF The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) is proud to announce that two new members – Joan Roué and Terry Dale – have joined the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Discussing the news, CMHF chair Dr. Hugh Scully said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, I am excited to welcome two eminently qualified individuals to the current board. Joan Roué and Terry Dale are long-time and respected members of the Canadian racing community and bring unique experiences and qualifications to their new roles. We look forward to working with them in the cause of celebrating our sport and the achievements of those who have built it, in Canada.” Joan Roué has been a fan of all forms of motorsports since her father raced in the late ‘60s, in their home province of Nova Scotia. Since personally becoming involved in racing, her focus has been on stock car racing, primarily in Atlantic Canada. Since the early ‘90s, Joan has been active in motorsports journalism and public relations, working for several outlets, speedways, sanctioning bodies and race teams. Since 2006, she’s worked for Riverside International Speedway, in Antigonish (NS) and has produced editorial content for CheckersToWreckers.com. And for most of the past decade, Joan has been the publicist for the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame. Terry Dale has been actively involved in Canadian and international motorsports since 1964. The Ottawa resident was inducted into the CMHF in 2016. His lengthy racing resume includes contributions via a wide variety of roles, both on track and off the track. He raced until 1992, completing his career at Sebring. A past President of the Motorsport Club of Ottawa and VP of the Quebec Region, Dale also founded the Ottawa SportsCar Club and is a past President of that group, as well. He’s held an FIA Grade A Steward and Clerk License since 1975 and has served as a senior race official / Chief Steward for F1, Trans-Am, the Players / GM Series, the Firestone Firehawk Series, Formula Atlantic, Formula BMW, Porsche GT3 Cup (US and Canada), Grand Am / IMSA, Nissan Micra Cup and others. Currently, Terry is the Race Director at Calabogie Motorsports Park.
Former CART Driver and Champion, Alex Zanardi, has made a remarkable recovery since being transferred to a hospital in Padua, Italy, to be closer to his home. After Zanardi underwent another successful surgery, Alex Zanardi is now able to speak. His surgeon, Dr. Federica Alemanno said, “It was a great emotion when he started talking, no one believed it. He was there! And he communicated with his family.” I am sure it was very exciting, and at the same time, quite emotional for his family. It is also exciting for us to watch his progress, as he moves forward in his recovery from this terrible accident that Alex has had to endure. Alex Zanardi is proving to the world yet again, what kind of fighter he is. We are asking that Alex Zanardi’s friends and family in the CART world please keep Alex in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to recover. Alex, keep proving to the world what kind of champion you really are…. Fight on my friend!!! -Raymond Dock https://www.thedrive.com/accelerator/38709/alex-zanardi-is-able-to-speak-to-his-family-after-most-recent-surgery-report?fbclid=IwAR1r2giXV5R82Va-rXVh3605-COZOycil5wYBOALEGY-qFruIdqsB2ytwr4
Greetings CART Alumni, For those that haven’t heard, we lost Aldo Andretti last week, December 30th, 2020. Anyone that has spent any time around the IndyCar paddock undoubtedly bumped into Aldo at one time or another. Aldo always had that smile that only he had as he would offer a “hello” or “good morning.” Looking back at Aldo and the Andretti’s early years, things weren’t as grand as they are today for the elder Andretti’s. The Andretti’s hail from Montana d’istria, Italy, and like so many others following World War II, the family fled Italy in 1948. Many don’t know that the Andretti’s lived in a refugee Camp for seven years, from 1948 to 1955 until they were able to afford a two room flat. In 1954 Aldo along with Mario began working for Sergio Seggiolini and Beppe Biagini who ran an auto repair shop sweeping floors and parking cars. As a show of gratitude, Seggiolini and Biagini took the young Andretti’s to Monza where they saw Alberto Ascari race. As the saying goes, the rest is history. In 1958, Aldo and Mario converted a 1948 Hudson Commodore into a stock car and began racing it without the knowledge of their parents. Furthermore, the two flipped a coin to see who would drive the first race. Aldo won the coin toss, his heat race and the feature. Both brothers had wins that year but late in the year Aldo had a serious crash that resulted in a skull fracture that put him in a coma. Aldo recovered and continued racing the following year. In 1967, at Oswego Speedway, was the only time that Aldo ever raced his twin brother head to head. Mario won that race while Aldo suffered brake failure finishing 10th. Aldo raced in 16 USAC Sprint Car races between 1967 and 1969. During the 1969 season, Aldo had a devastating crash at Des Moines flipping end over end, striking the fence. Aldo suffered severe damage to his face including 14 fractures to his facial bones, and his right eye socket had been shattered. Aldo suffered through facial reconstruction surgeries that change his looks somewhat. As Aldo recovered, he quit racing at the request of his brother. In 1973 Aldo opened Andretti Firestone in Brownsburg, Indiana. In 1986, Aldo established a machine shop for hospital beds and tool manufactures called Andretti Machine Engineering. Aldo Andretti’s lineage is as prestigious as racing families come. Aldo was the father of Mary Jo, Mark, Adam and the late John Andretti. He was the uncle of Michael and Jeff Andretti and great uncle to Marco Andretti and grandfather of Jarett Andretti. Aldo died in Indianapolis on December 30, 2020 of complications associated with Covid-19. Mario announced on Twitter on New Year’s Eve that his twin brother Aldo died last night at the age of 80. Mario tweeted, “My loving twin brother, my partner in crime and my faithful best friend every day of my life was called to heaven last night. Half of me went with him. There is no eloquence. I’m shaken to my core.” God Speed Aldo Andretti. You left a mark on my life. RIP
Greetings CART Alumni, If you haven’t heard by now, we lost another member from our racing family last week. John Paul Jr. passed away on December 29th, 2020 after a long battle with Huntington’s disease. He was 60. John Paul Jr. was a versatile driver that made starts in IndyCar, NASCAR, and IMSA. John Paul’s story always amazed me and always brought a chuckle to me at the same time, because the way John Paul would tell it, when John finished driving school, they said he wasn’t good enough to drive a turkey wagon into turn one, ANYWHERE!!! Well he sure proved them wrong. John Paul Jr. made 53 starts in IndyCar and Champ Car between 1982 and 2001, and seven Indy 500 starts between 1985 and 1998. He won twice including the 1982 Michigan 500 in 1983 and a pole position. He led 39 laps at the 1998 Indianapolis 500 where he finished a career best seventh in his seventh and final start at the yard of bricks. While John Paul found some success in IndyCar and Champ Car, the driver excelled in sports cars. John Paul Jr. driving a Porsche 956 prototype finished 2nd at the 1984 24 hours of Le Mans. In 1982 Paul scored victories at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the twelve hours of Sebring and won the IMSA GT Championship at age 22. He again won at Daytona in 1997. John Paul Jr. made two appearances in NASCAR in 1991 at Pocono and Watkins Glenn. To say John Paul Jr. couldn’t drive is a complete understatement for all the success that he found in motorsports. John Paul Jr. racked up more than 20 sports car victories, two IndyCar wins. John Paul Jr. drove into the top levels of sports car and IndyCar racing with amazing pace and stamina. He was full of kindness and always seem to have a smile on his face. I for one was lucky enough, if only for a short time, to work with him. Gentle spirits like his only come along once in a while. RIP John Paul Jr. By: Raymond Dock
We would like to wish a very happy birthday to one of CART’S favorite sons. He joined CART as competition director in 1980 and became chief steward of the sport the following year. He held this position until 2004. During that time he improved safety in CART as well as established nondenominational church services for drivers and their families at the track.
He was a driver that drove in 180 Indy Car races between 1965 and 1979, with five victories. He was recently inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America this past March, 2020. Please join the CART Alumni Association in wishing Wally Dallenbach a happy birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WALLY!!!
Some of you have known I have been fighting Kidney failure for some time and 3 yrs ago at Daytona I had full renal failure. I'm on what's known as PD dialysis, which is a 8 hr procedure, 7 days a week, transferring 8800cc of solution thru me to help cleanse the toxins. Needless to say it's been brutal and I've lost so much weight that at one point I was down to 137 lbs. I look like hell and not the "Brakeguy" stature I once held. But what helped mentally was to be at the race track to work and be constructive and productive.
The limiting factor at the time was I had to drive to the venue, as I had so much equipment to drag along to do PD at night.Unfortunately, my strength was getting so tapped that I could no longer work at my normal level and the PD dialysis was not doing enough to detox me enough.
I'll be doing hemodialysis at the beginning of Dec. 20. This will certainly change my lifestyle. So, this Thanksgiving, please enjoy your loved ones as life can be so fragile. If you get a chance, pray for us who are on a waitlist for a transplant organ. With all this COVID-19 going on, harvesting organs are at a very low priority.
Alex Zanardi update: 11/22/20 Greetings to all CART Alumni
Former CART Driver and Champion Alex Zanardi has been transferred to a hospital in Padua, Italy to be closer to his home. It has been five months since Zanardi suffered a road accident when he collided with a truck on June 19 while competing in a hand cycle race that lead to severe head injuries. Zanardi has been undergoing treatment at a hospital in Milan. An early attempt to transfer Zanardi to a rehabilitation facility was unsuccessful. However, his doctors now feel that Zanardi is in a strong enough condition to warrant the move. Finally a little good news. Zanardi’s doctors say that Alex has reached a generally stable physical and neurological condition that permits the transfer to Padua. The hospital, San Raffaelle in Padua, is equipped with all the necessary clinical specialties that Zanardi will need during his ongoing recovery. Alex Zanardi has been an inspiration to us all. Since the crash on that fateful day in 2001 that took both of Alex’s legs, Alex fought back to become a multiple time Paralympic gold medalist as well as returning to the seat he loves behind the wheel of a race car driving GT cars equipped with special hand controls. Alex Zanardi has proven time and time again, that he’s a fighter. At this time with the Holidays fast approaching and as Zanardi continues to battle, please keep Alex Zanardi in your thoughts as he fights on.
CART Alumni Association Raymond N. Dock Communications Officer
Former CART boss Joe Heitzler dies at 75 From Robin Miller Joe Heitzler, who presided over Championship Auto Racing Teams in some of its most turbulent years, has died at the age of 75. Replacing Bobby Rahal in 2001, Heitzler was beseiged with one catastrophe after another and was fired less than a year in office. “Not all of our troubles can be blamed on Joe,” said car owner Derrick Walker back in December of 2001.
During his tenure, CART had races in Brazil and Texas canceled and also lost Michigan and Nazareth to the rival Indy Racing League. And the Indy Lights series was disbanded after 16 years. But his largest loss was when CART founder Roger Penske told Heitzler he was heading for the IRL in 2002, and Honda was right behind him.
Heitzler also hosted a press conference in Houston to announce CART was adopting the IRL’s engine formula but none of its three manufacturers – Honda, Toyota or Ford – had committed to it.
His biggest decision came after 9/11, when CART was in Germany. All the major sports in the United States postponed their games, but CART opted to race at the oval outside Dresden and then the next week in England.
We are saddened by the passing of K C Van Niman, K C was the CART Formula Atlantic Series Chief Steward for a very long time and needs volumes to cover his many years of involvement in motorsports, one example of which is right here -
To All CART Alumni Members: First and foremost, the CART Alumni committee hopes this announcement finds you and your families in a safe and healthy state.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the Reunion committee, after much deliberation, has decided to postpone the 2020 CART Reunion. The committee has tried diligently for months to find some way to keep this years reunion on the calendar. However, with the continued changes to the COVID-19 virus and an up swing in cases, the committee and myself do not believe we can make it happen.
The committee is saddened by the fact that we have to postpone seeing our CART family. However, we do plan on moving forward with reunion plans as soon as safety permits in the following year.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask any of the reunion committee members. Please stay safe and healthy
We hope you are safe and healthy as the COVID-19 Virus continues to impact our everyday lives. The Reunion committee continues is still planning and working toward another successful gathering of our CART family, and, as we have previously reported, moving forward has been slow at best.
However, there is some good news to report. Again, Ganassi Racing has once again offered the use of their race shop to host our upcoming 2020 reunion. We thank Chip and Team Manager Mike Hull and his crew for their hospitality and support of our CART family.
On the downside of this situation, we continue to monitor the all of the events taking place nationally as well as the cancellation and postponement decisions, all caused by the stay at home orders and the direction the corona virus is taking. We hope the virus begins to subside in the upcoming 60 days in order to move forward with finalizing plans. The planning committee will make a firm decision the week of July 6th.
Please be aware, as our economy begins to reopen, we will not move forward if it means putting any of our alumni at any risk. These are the issues that the reunion committee is taking into consideration for the next 60 days as previously mentioned.
As always, we are looking forward to a spectacular time, reuniting with our CART family and reminiscing about our experiences.
2020 CART REUNION UPDATE_____________________ Again, the CART Alumni Association hopes this bulletin finds you and your families in a safe and healthy state.
Since our last update regarding the upcoming CART Alumni Reunion, the committee members are continuing to work diligently on securing available dates and venues for the 2020 reunion however, it remains increasingly difficult to contact the people needed to commit to specifics due to the current and predicted effects of the COVID-19 shut down. At this time the Alumni Committee is considering all alternative options to make arrangements for a 2020 event. It is our goal to get all pertinent information to you as soon as we have it, so members may allowing members to make their travel and / or hotel arrangements. Given the current status of the nation, the time getting shorter, and as we have all seen on the news, some of the predictions for this fall, many options are being investigated and reviewed and decisions or plans will be announced in the near future.
We look forward to seeing all of you at the next reunion and we hope you all remain safe and healthy.
Paul Leyton, President, CART Alumni Association ............on behalf of the Organizing Committee
The CART Alumni Association is sad to announce the passing of the 1981 CART Rookie of the year and father of Jaques and 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier, Bob Lazier. According to reports he was put on a ventilator and passed due to complications of the COVID-19 virus.
Bob Lazier started racing in the early 1970s, and won the 1972 class title in Formula Vee at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road Atlanta. He also raced in Formula 5000 and the USAC Mini-Indy Series in the 1970s before climbing to Indy cars in 1981.
After Bob left the drivers seat he then focused on his work as a successful building contractor in Vail, Colorado. In recent years, Lazier stayed involved in racing as a team owner and by driving vintage race cars. He and Buddy formed Lazier Partners Racing in 2013, with Buddy making four Indianapolis 500 starts between 2013-17 under that banner and the Lazier/Burns Racing name. Bob Lazier was 81 years of age. God Speed Bob Lazier, there is one smiling face that will be missed on pit lane. CART Alumni Association/rd
Long time race official K.C. Van Niman had heart surgery a few days ago that didn’t go exactly as hoped for. His daughter, Doni Uphus, announced in the last few hours that K.C. has been moved back home. While the outcome is not positive, the good news is that he is home and being cared for by family. K.C. has many decades of contributions to motorsports since his first day as an SCCA member in 1960. Please keep K.C. and his family in your prayers and we will keep everyone updated as we find out more information. CART Alumni Association
First and foremost, the CART Alumni Association hopes this bulletin finds you and your families in a safe and healthy state. The CART Alumni Association has been working diligently on securing the dates and locations for the 2020 reunion. With that being said, due to the COVID-19 Virus and the mandated stay at home rule expanding throughout the country, it has been increasingly difficult to contact the people needed to secure our dates and venues. At this time the Alumni Committee will continue working on contacting the people necessary to move forward. As information is acquired and we have further updates and/or announcements to share with you, we will get that updated information to you as soon as we can. We look forward to seeing all of our CART family at the next reunion. The CART Alumni Committee and I hope you all remain safe and healthy. Paul Leyton President CART Alumni Association
Wally Dallenbach Sr. enters the MotorSports Hall of Fame of American
By: Raymond Dock| January 30, 2020
One of the most popular of the early 1960s Modified drivers, Wally Dallenbach went from the Northeast Short tracks to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the Hall of Fame. And along the way, Dallenbach changed motorsports forever. To get the whole story of Wally Dallenbach and his amazing career we should start at the beginning. Wally Dallenbach was born December 12, 1936 in East Brunswick New Jersey. Dallenbach’s interest in racing began at an early age. When he was 15 years old, a young Dallenbach modified a 1938 Ford Coupe into a stock car. Dallenbach was too young to drive at the time so he built and campaigned the car for two years as owner and mechanic. When Dallenbach turned 17, he began drag racing. In 1959 he built and raced Buick-powered cars including a blown rear-engine Dragster. He earned eighty wins over the next five years. When he turned 21 he began oval racing at tracks up and down the east coast, earning several wins during this four year period. Wally Dallenbach was fast gaining a reputation for success on which ever track he raced on. In 1965 opportunity came knocking. Dallenbach got the opportunity to drive an open cockpit racer at the Champ Car event at Langhorn in Pennsylvania. You didn’t have to ask Wally twice. By the way he finished 9th in his rookie outing. Langhorn was the beginning of a career that lasted until 1979. During Wally Dallenbach’s professional driving career, he enjoyed success and definite high peaks in his driving career. Along with many top 10 finishes he won five times and three of those victories came in succession during the 1973 season at the Milwaukee 200, the Ontario 100 and the Ontario 500. Dallenbach had 13 Indianapolis starts with a best of fourth in 1976. We should note here that in 1975, Wally had the race won but burned a piston while dueling with A.J. Foyt for the lead. He had been leading when he retired on lap 167. Sad thing is, the race was called a handful of laps later when the race was stopped. In 1980, after retiring from driving the year prior, Dallenbach was named the Competition Director for Championship Auto Racing Teams and then in 1981 he became CART’s Chief Steward a position he held until he retired in 2004. During his tenure as Chief Steward, Dallenbach improved the on track safety programs and established nondenominational church services at the race track for Drivers, teams and their families.
While Wally Dallenbach has seen great success in many types of race cars from modified, sprint, stock and open wheel cars, his greatest contributions to his legacy have been his charities that benefit from the Colorado 500 dirt bike ride that he started with friend Sherm Cooper in 1976. Since 1981 more than 2 million dollars has been raised for scholarship funds, medical centers, teen services, scouting and U.S. Forest services and many others. As stated in the motorcycle museum, The Colorado 500 has also had a great impact on preserving trail riding areas. In 1995, the Colorado 500 applied for Great Outdoors Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grants. These grants were used to enhance trails and roads used by the event. More than $400,000 has been applied to the U.S.F.S trails used by the ride. In 1996, the Colorado 500 established a legal defense fund to preserve trail riding in Colorado. In 2001, noise limits were adopted for the ride, which now holds tech inspections for noise-level compliance. Wally Dallenbach should be very proud of what he has created for the environment. Since his retirement Wally Dallenbach, along with his wife, Peppy, spend most of their time on their ranch tending to their fairgrounds, cabins and private restoration garage near Frying Pan River in upper Basalt. But Wally is not a newcomer to being inducted into halls of fame. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame for his exploits at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Dallenbach was also voted into the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame for his work as founder and president of the Colorado 500 invitational charity motorcycle rides as well as voted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame. After all the accolades that Wally Dallenbach as achieved in his life, thus far, it comes as no surprise that he should be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Those of us that know you, worked with you and are fans of yours we say to you a big congratulations on your induction into the MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME OF AMERICA. Bravo UNIT ONE, Bravo.
Sad to report that safety pioneer and friend of all the racing community Bill Simpson has passed away. Lets keep his family in our thoughts. ___________________________________________________________________
INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY AND INDYCAR SOLD TO PENSKE CORP.
Wally Dallenbach and Others elected to Hall of Fame By: Robin Miller | July 5, 2019 3:03 PM Wally Dallenbach, an Indy 500 veteran turned race official who brought safety to the forefront of open-wheel racing and two of the biggest men in motorsports, literally and figuratively, Tiny Lund and Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, head the 2020 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. In one of the largest classes in recent history, motorcycle maven Chris Carr, stock car champ Red Byron, car owner RickHendrick, publisher Floyd Clymer, drag racer George Montgomery and the versatile Jacky Ickx join that trio above and will be inducted March 16-17 at Daytona Beach, Fla. Dallenbach, a 13-time starter at Indianapolis before becoming the respected chief steward of Championship Auto Racing Teams in 1979, became appalled at the lax conditions of safety at many tracks, so he organized a special safety team of firemen and paramedics that began traveling to all CART races in the early ’80s. It set the standard for motorsports worldwide, and that model and the professional responders helped save the lives of Alex Zanardi, Mikhail Aleshin and James Hinchcliffe. At 6-5 and 270 pounds, DeWayne Louis Lund captured the 1963 Daytona 500 under heroic circumstances. He pulled fellow driver Marvin Panch from his burning car during practice for the ’63 Daytona Continental and replaced Panch for NASCAR’s biggest race. Tiny also captured 41 Grand American races and three titles of that short-lived series before losing his life at Talladega in 1975. Another big man, the rugged 6’3″ Stewart became the king of off-road racing in his 20-year career, and grew his legend by driving Baja by himself instead of having a teammate. He won 84 desert races – including three Baja 1000s, 17 Baja 500s, eight Mint 400s and four SCORE championships. He also dominated Mickey Thompson’s off-road series. In the world of flat-track motorcycle racing, Carr was king in the early 2000s, earning five of his seven AMA grand national crowns from 2001-2005 while piling up 78 wins (second of all-time). He also competed in the Super Bike series and set a motorcycle land speed record of 350.8 mph in 2006, only to best it three years later at 367.3 mph. After being wounded in air combat during WWII, tail gunner Robert Byron spent two years in the hospital recovering before returning to racing. He drove midgets and sprints prior to the war, but came back to stock cars and had to bolt his leg brace to the clutch pedal. But that didn’t prevent him from winning NASCAR’s first-ever championship in 1949 and the inaugural race on the beach. He retired in 1951, and became a chief mechanic for Briggs Cunningham before dying of a heart attack in 1960. A car dealer who dabbled in driving, Hendrick has forged his reputation as the most successful team owner in NASCAR history with 12 Cup championships and a staggering 254 victories. His breakthrough came when he hired USAC star Jeff Gordon in the early ’90s and followed that up by putting desert racer Jimmie Johnson in one of his stock cars. One of America’s top motorcycle racers in the 1910s and 1920s, Clymer then became an AMA promoter. But his legacy was built on his publishing business, where his annual Indianapolis 500 Yearbooks and Motorcycle Topics and Cycle magazines cornered the market. Today they are considered valuable reference books and his Indy history remains one of the most popular purchases at memorabilia shows. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Montgomery became known as the “King of the Gassers” in capturing eight NHRA titles from 1959-1968 – most of them in his Chevy-powered Willys – and also won four U.S. Nationals. His George’s Speed Shop in Dayton may be the oldest such enterprise in continuous operation in the United States. Ickx, son of a Belgian motorsports journalist, was a prominent F1 and sports car driver from the late ‘60s into the mid-1980s – including a then-record six victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But his North American sports car record is what put him in the MSHOF. He won the 1979 SCCA Can-Am championship and multiple World Sports car Championship (WSC) wins, including the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, Daytona 24 Hours, Mosport 1000k and Watkins Glen 6 Hour on three occasions.
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Class of 2020 Nominees: Wally Dallenbach
Nominees for 2020 Induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) represent 48 motorsports legends, champions and innovators in eight different categories. The Class of 2020 finalists that will make up the 32nd Induction Class will be announced in early July in Daytona Beach. Here’s a look at one of these Heroes of Horsepower on the ballot that could be voted into the MSHFA in 2020. : Wally Dallenbach, Sr. (1936-) (Driver, Official, Safety Pioneer) — New Jersey-born Dallenbach had substantial success as a driver and then went on to become one of IndyCar racing’s most effective administrators. After competing in the inaugural Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) season in 1979, Dallenbach became its first Director of Competition and remained as Chief Steward until retiring in 2004. It was Dallenbach’s idea to establish the CART/Champ Car Safety Team, which set new standards for at-track safety services and saved many lives. After racing homebuilt stock cars and drag machines as a teenager, Dallenbach moved up to major league racing at 26, placing sixth in the second of two 40-lap qualifiers at the 1962 Daytona 500. He began his IndyCar career three years later, starting 180 races in 15 seasons, driving mostly for Tassi Vatis, Lindsey Hopkins and U.E. “Pat” Patrick (MSHFA Class of 2018). He scored five IndyCar wins, the first three in succession in 1973, including the Ontario 500. Patrick was his car owner for all five. Dallenbach’s best Indianapolis 500 finishes were fourths in 1976 and 1977.
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A Thank You from the President: As we close out on the third CART Alumni Reunion, it is time to put into print my sincere thanks to all the people and organizations that made this year’s event such a remarkable one. Please do me the favor of reading all the way through this as the comments are sincere and deserved by all. I usually say, “On Behalf of the Organizing Committee”, but this is just one from me. I’m sure they all share in my thoughts. I would like to thank, in no particular order, Our host, Chip Ganassi Racing, for both offering and allowing us to take over their tremendous facility for our event. Thanks of course to Chip, who has supported us from the very first day we had announced this - saying personally to me - “Whatever you need Paul.” Thanks to Managing Director Mike Hull, who, in a conversation at Road America with Brett a few years back, offered up the idea of the use of the shop for the event. It became a reality. The Ganassi staff including Shop Manager Grant Weaver, Special Events Coordinator Kris Keech, Gary Rovazzini, and the team members that were on-hand to explain sub-shop functions. A special shout out to Linda Rosenberg of Commotion Promotions for all of her great help with all of the additional takeaways and awards for the event. Thanks Linda!! All deserve a huge thanks for all the help, support, and concern that our event at their facility would be one to remember. For all of us and especially those whom had never been in a shop before, it is sure to be just that. Thank you to the Catering Staff and Bar Management Staff from Dawson’s who served a wonderful meal and did it without asking a single question. They came in, did their work, and then disappeared without our attendees noticing anything. It was not only delicious but the process was seamless. Well Done! The 1911 Grill acted as our headquarters on Friday night, and the staff welcomed us with open arms and made us comfortable in every way. You can always tell when a vendor is happy with the event when they inquire as to when we are going to do the “next one”. We appreciate the 1911 and all of the other locations in the downtown area that offered us discounts to make the event a little easier on the pocketbook. Our thanks to Owen Snyder and Dallara for offering an inside look at the manufacturing process of today’s Indy car. Not many people have had the opportunity to see what we saw. We thank Dallara for hosting the tour on Saturday morning. Thanks to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for offering us discounted tickets for the Red Bull Air Races that were held on Saturday & Sunday at the track. And, thanks to the Speedway Museum management for allowing us a 50% discount on all admissions by participants of the reunion. Both are rarely approved and it is greatly appreciated that they offered this to us. A special thanks goes out to Beth Rovazzini, a member of the Speedway Chamber of Commerce and liaison to so many of the vendors and contacts that we needed to communicate with. It made it so easy to have some “feet” on the ground to work with the locals. If we asked about it, she knew where to get it or how to get it handled. Our hotels this year, The Hampton and The Residence Inn, offered us some outstanding discounts on accommodations right in the vicinity of the main reunion event. I also wish to thank Gatsby’s Bar & Grill for accommodating our participants with discounts on food and beverage.
At the Reunion itself it was an honor to have the opportunity to introduce the speakers that were willing to help us remember the “days”. I wish to thank Wally Dallenbach, Gordon Kirby, Jim McGee, Andrew Craig, and Hunter Floyd for contributing to the event as they did. It’s never boring. And, we need to recognize our sponsors that help to make the reunion a success from a logistical and financial standpoint.
Chip Ganassi Racing, 2015 – 2016 - 2018 Fritz Enterprises, 2016 - 2018 Performance Tire Service Company, 2015 – 2016 - 2018 Team Penske, 2015 - 2016 - 2018 The Craig Company LLC, 2015 – 2016 – 2018 AR1 (AutoRacing 1), 2016 – 2018
Without their generous and consistent support, we would not be able to put on the event as we do. Our sincere thanks to all of you
I thank four people for their assistance with all the audio-visual-media expertise. Bob Davidson and Scott Randall took this area over at the event and handled it without a hitch. David Miller helped us convert a lot of the old files into useable “rolls”. In addition, in advance of the event, Mel Poole drafted a lot of the announcements and scripts that were distributed via the website or Mail Chimp. My thanks to all.
And then there is the Organizing Committee, who volunteers and sacrifices their time for the sake of the event,
Mary Kite - her quiet wisdom always has input for us all especially when the situation we are working on might be delicate or sensitive. Bill Luchow – one of the “founders” of the event itself, has been there from the true beginning and helps in all ways he can even though he is mostly calling in from on the road. We missed him at the event this year due to work, but he was there, getting some of the feeds live. Billy Kamphausen – for whom without this event would not take place, as he contacts and follows up with all the actual or potential sponsors and makes sure that they are happy with what we do. He does this job like he patrolled pit lane - like an “Energizer Bunny”. Susie Jensen – the Secretary of the Organization and the person who does so many of the “little things” which we all take for granted that there are too many to count. We rely on her to follow up on so much and is our proofreader of everything that gets published. Trust me, no detail gets past her. Brett Crabtree - the Vice President of the Organization and the person who has the thankless job of sending out all the emails, the Mail Chimps, and the design, posting, rearranging, and constant minor adjusting of the website. Without him there would be no website, and we would not have the communication links that we have established. The members of the committee listed above are the people that deserve all the credit for putting on this event. Trust me, without each and every one of them, there would simply not be a reunion event. I believe that they did a fine job, again. Thank you.
But most of all I want to thank all of you who attended this year’s event, as well as the previous ones. You are what this is for and you all are what makes it special. As tough as the work gets sometimes, or gets frustrating, it all simply and rapidly melts away when the family gets together in the same location, and we see faces not seen as often as we did in the past, able to enjoy their warmth and company.
That’s what a family does when it gets together. For that is truly what we are…family.
Thank you – one and all. Paul J. Leyton President, CART Reunions