HILLIARD, Ohio — Thirty race-car drivers have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club as Regular members for 2012.
The group has won a collective 66 season championships and more than 700 races, including an incredible 32 overall victories at Le Mans. Also, 12 Associate and Honorary members were voted in, six in each category, raising the membership of the RRDC to 407. Voting was held among all current RRDC members.
“This is truly a stellar group of talented race-car drivers and contributors to the sport,” said RRDC president Bobby Rahal. “We are honored that each of them has enthusiastically accepted membership in the RRDC. We look forward to working with them as the RRDC continues to pursue its goals of lending its expertise to up-and-coming drivers through a variety of programs.”
While Regular RRDC members are race-car drivers who have competed at the championship level, the criteria for Associate membership includes drivers who have participated successfully in major professional events or in lesser and/or historic events, as well as drivers who have significant ties to racing, such as corporate, sponsorship, mentoring, patronage and promotion.
Honorary members are distinguished senior international motorsports champions, team owners and others who have demonstrated a life-long commitment in support of racing through active volunteerism, officiating and/or promotion of the sport generally.
The new professional members are Marcos Ambrose, Peter Argetsinger, Frank Biela, Rinaldo Capello, Eddie Cheever Jr., Ryan Dalziel, Andrew Davis, Adrian Fernandez, Oliver Gavin, Dick Guldstrand, James Hinchcliffe, Jacky Ickx, Michel Jourdain Jr., Lehman Keen, Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, Juan Pablo Montoya, Josef Newgarden, Max Papis, Emanuele Pirro, Will Power, Memo Rojas, Takuma Sato, Oriol Servia, Mike Shank, Wayne Taylor, Jerry Thompson, Brian Till, Pete Van Der Vate, Marco Werner.