Five-time Brickyard winner Jeff Goron and two-time winner Tony Stewart have been elected to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, marking the first time a member of the NASCAR community has been given the honor.
Starting with this year’s ballot, which was due in February, voting for the IMS Hall of Fame was expanded to include members of the NASCAR and Formula 1 communities that “have made major contributions to auto racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
Gordon and Stewart were chosen from a ballot of 14 nominees by a panel of auto racing journalists, participants and historians.
Gordon, who attended Tri-West High School in Pittsboro, Indiana, won 93 races in NASCAR’s top series, including the Daytona 500 three times. He won the NASCAR series championship four times following a career in USAC open-wheel racing where he was the 1990 national Midget series champion and 1991 Silver Crown titlist. He added an overall win in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with Wayne Taylor Racing in 2017.
Stewart, from Columbus, Indiana, won the national Midget series championship in 1994 and the Triple Crown (Silver Crown, Sprint Car, Midget) in 1995. He won three IndyCar events and the 1996-97 series championship. After moving to NASCAR, Stewart won 49 races in Cup series and three series championships.
The 2018 inductees were announced on “Founder’s Day,” the 109th anniversary of the day the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Company was officially formed. They also are the first to be enshrined under the Hall’s new name and scope, which includes the stars of the Brickyard 400 and United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis for the first time. The induction ceremony will be held May 24.
“We are thrilled that the first class of inductees with our new name and election criteria honor two drivers who mean so much to fans in Central Indiana and around the world” said Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Famewas founded in 1952 as the Auto Racing Hall of Fame under the auspices of the Contest Board of the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Hall of Fame was moved to the original Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum under the direction of then-Speedway president Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr. in 1962.