Tony Stewart And Dario Franchitti Lead Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductees

Augie Duesenberg, Kevin Schwantz, Don Schumacher, Phil Remington And Linda Vaughn Also Inducted

Scott Stiller
March 13, 2019 - 7:40 pm
Tony Stewart Inducted Into Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (93.7 The Fan) - Three-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart and Four-time IndyCar Series Champion Dario Franchitti were among seven inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Tuesday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Also inducted were drag racing legend Don Schumacher, Motorcycle racer Kevin Schwantz, Automotive innovater the late Augie Duesenberg, sports car pioneer the late Phil Remington and Linda Vaughn, "The First Lady of Motorsports".

Stewart was inducted for his NASCAR career even though he remains active racing sprint cars and is the only driver to win a NASCAR and IndyCar Championship.  Stewart was inducted by seven-time NASCAR Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson.

Franchitti, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, won three consecutive IndyCar titles (2009, 2010, 2011) when he was driving for Pittsburgh's Chip Ganassi.  Franchitti was inducted by his Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon, the defending and five-time IndyCar Champion.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti
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Schumacher, who was injucted inducted by former NHRA Funny Car champ Jack Beckman, won five NHRA National Titles as an Owner/Driver and following his retirement from the cockpit added another 16 NHRA world championships.

Drag racing legend Don "The Snake" Prudhomme inducted Vaughn, the model and spokesperson who represented race tracks and brands.  She's best known as being "Miss Hurst Golden Shifter".

Schwantz, the 1993 FIM 500cc Champion with 25-career wins and 51-career podiums, was inducted by Mel Harris, the former President of Suzuki.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles inducted Duesenberg, who along with his brother Frederick built everything from racing bicycles to race car engines and eventually cars.

Remington was an engineer who built and engineered race cars.  "Rem" worked for legend Carroll Shelby on the GT 40 and Cobra programs and for Holman & Moody on their Stock Car program, which won the Daytona 500 in 1968.  Remington spent 45-years working Dan Gurney's All-American Racers, who's website described him as a "fabricator, designer, draftsman, engineer and technical problem solving genius".

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