Hall of Fame Members
Ralph Seagraves

Ralph Seagraves

Class of 2008 When R.J. Reynolds was looking for other means of advertisement after being prohibited to run television or radio ads, Junior Johnson approached the company looking for a sponsor for his car. Ralph Seagraves had bigger ideas and brought the Winston name...

Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna

Class of 2000 Although his life was taken in a crash at the zenith of his career, Brazilian Ayrton Senna was nonetheless considered to be one of the greatest drivers of all time. The 34-year old native of Sao Paulo left a legacy of success unmatched by most who...

Wilbur Shaw

Wilbur Shaw

Class of 1991 Although Wilbur Shaw may be recognized as a great race driver in his own right, he is perhaps best known as the man who, with Tony Hulman, saved Indianapolis Motor Speedway from becoming an industrial park and helping to promote it into one of the...

Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby

Class of 1991 Many have said Carroll Shelby was the greatest single influence on America's racing posture in the post-1945 period. If nothing else, there can be no doubting his motorsports achievements and versatility. The son of a Texas mail clerk, he refurbished the...

Bruton Smith

Bruton Smith

Class of 2007 A car salesman and local auto racing promoter in the Charlotte, N.C. area, Bruton Smith partnered with stock car legend Curtis Turner to build Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track opened on June 19, 1960, with a 600-mile NASCAR race and has continuously...

Louise Smith

Louise Smith

Class of 1999 Louise Smith was one of the true pioneers of early stock car racing, running Modifieds from 1946 thru 1956, and actually competing in the first stock car race she ever saw. The Greenville, South Carolina resident helped Bill France, Sr. promote early...

Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart

Class of 1990 Although diminutive in size, Jackie Stewart, "The Flying Scot," was a giant in racing circles. He became perhaps the most readily identified competitor in all the world during his successful, championship years in Formula One racing. Three times, in...

John Surtees

John Surtees

Class of 1996 John Surtees was the son of a London motorcycle and sidecar racing rider and salesman. By the age of 11 he was working part-time as a mechanic for his father, before going on to join the Vincent HRD company for an engineering apprenticeship. By 1949...

Herb Thomas

Herb Thomas

Class of 1994 Born on April 6, 1923, in Hartnett County, North Carolina. Herb Thomas started a sawmill business, supplying the military with lumber during World War II. After the war Thomas discovered racing, becoming a race car owner first, then competing in wildcat...

Mickey Thompson

Mickey Thompson

Class of 1990 If one were to give reasons why Marian Lee (Mickey) Thompson has a niche in American racing history, where would one start? He was an innovative car builder and designer. He was a master promoter. He was a successful race car driver and held several...

Curtis Turner

Curtis Turner

Class of 1992 Curtis Turner was one of the pioneers of NASCAR stock car racing, a member of that hale and hearty band of competitors who raced hard, lived hard and enjoyed every moment of it. He never let racing interfere with parties and fun. In fact, there were...

Alfred Unser Sr

Alfred Unser Sr

Class of 1998 Alfred Unser, Sr., holds the distinction of being one of only three drivers who have won the Indianapolis 500 four times. He is also in elite company as one of three Indy drivers who have won on paved ovals, road courses and dirt tracks in a single...