Red Byron Headlines 2020 MSHFA Class

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Red Byron, shown here in 1948, will enter the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2020. (NASCAR Photo)
Red Byron, shown here in 1948, will enter the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2020. (NASCAR Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will induct its largest class in recent years March 16 – 17, 2020 during its 32nd annual Induction Celebration in Daytona Beach.

The Class of 2020 includes NASCAR’s first-ever champion Robert “Red” Byron (Historic), flat track impresario Chris Carr (Motorcycles), early motorcycle racer, promoter and publisher Floyd Clymer (At Large), driver, official and safety advocate Wally Dallenbach Sr. (Open Wheel), Rick Hendrick, one of NASCAR’s most successful owners (Stock Cars), Daytona 500 champion Tiny Lund (Historic), Can-Am and Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), quarter-mile racing legend “Ohio” George Montgomery (Drag Racing) and Baja 500 and 1,000 and SCORE World Champion Ivan “Ironman” Stewart (Off-Road Racing).

Next year marks the fifth consecutive induction ceremony in Daytona Beach since the MSHFA moved to Daytona Int’l Speedway in 2016, from Novi, Mich. The Hall is housed in the speedway’s Ticket and Tours Building located in front of the famed 2.5-mile DIS tri-oval.

The MSHFA Class of 2020 was unveiled in a press conference at DIS – site of this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 – by Motorsports Hall of Fame of America President Ron Watson and Daytona Int’l Speedway President Chip Wile.

“We are delighted to welcome our largest class of inductees in recent years into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America,” Watson said. “We have expanded to two enshrines in the Historic category and are thrilled to introduce Off-Road Racing as its own category for the first time in 2020.”

The nine Class of 2020 honorees will be enshrined into the Hall on March 17, 2020 in the 32nd annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony presented by Firestone, the traditional black-tie gala that is the crowning event of the two-day, multi-function MSHFA Induction Celebration in Daytona Beach.

With the host venue expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, the 2020 MSHFA Induction Ceremony will be preceded on Monday, March 16 by the traditional Heroes of Horsepower reception and strolling dinner at the MSHFA.

Daytime events include the annual Inductee Luncheon on Monday at the Daytona 500 Club at DIS and annual Inductee Breakfast Presented by Toyota on Tuesday in the Rolex 24 Lounge in the DIS stadium grandstands.

Current plans call for 2020’s inductees to be ushered into the MSHFA as a featured highlight of one of the Monday events or the Tuesday morning breakfast.