Fandozzi Receives Donohue Award

Kevin Fandozzi (center) receives the RRDC Mark Donohue Award from David Donohue (left) and Scott Pruett. (Brian Cleary photo)
Kevin Fandozzi (center) receives the RRDC Mark Donohue Award from David Donohue (left) and Scott Pruett. (Brian Cleary photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Kevin Fandozzi, who earned the 41st annual for his spectacular Touring 3 class victory at the 2011 SCCA National Championship Runoffs last September, was presented the award at RRDC’s annual dinner prior to the running of the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Originally scheduled to be awarded at the 2012 SCCA National Convention in March, the Road Racing Drivers Club board members elected to present the trophy to Fandozzi in Daytona as part of the RRDC’s 60th anniversary celebration. The award is given in the name of Mark Donohue for personal spirit and performance at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

Every year, the RRDC Mark Donohue Award is an engraved glass top mounted on a selected racing-experienced wheel, provided by an RRDC member. The 2011 wheel was donated by Grand-Am team owner Chip Ganassi. It had seen racing action on the Target Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley that won both the 2007 and 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona races. RRDC member Scott Pruett, who was on board for both victories, made the presentation, alongside Mark’s son David, also a member of the RRDC.

“It’s a privilege for me to present this award to Kevin in my dad’s name for all that he represented, especially within the SCCA community,” said David Donohue.

Added Pruett: “Looking around the room and seeing an unbelievable group of drivers who represent the heritage and history of the RRDC is very exciting for me. I feel honored just to be here.

“It’s exciting also for us, especially Chip as the leader of the Ganassi organization, to give something to the RRDC on behalf of our team, and something that is significant. We’ve been fortunate to have won the Rolex 24 At Daytona several times. In fact, the 01 car finishing every lap of this race for the last four years has been nothing short of spectacular.

“We are excited to support this great organization of road racing drivers and to contribute to the Mark Donohue Award. Congratulations, Kevin.”

“What an honor it is to be here to accept this award,” said Fandozzi, a former GM engineer who won at the Runoffs racing in the rain on dry tires. “This is very special and it gives me an opportunity to celebrate a significant event in a sport that I’ve grown to love.

“In racing, when the actual event passes, it takes on a life of reflection. When the actual driving fades away you begin to see what this award really is. It’s a symbol of two things: one, the approach to racing as pioneered by the man for whom this award is named; and, second, the people who have given me the knowledge along the way. I believe firmly that they are completely responsible for my being a part of this award. Thank you to everyone.”

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