Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame

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City of Long Beach City Manager Pat West presenting Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame plaque to Mario Andretti on April 17, 2008

The Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame is located on South Pine Avenue in downtown Long Beach, California. Long Beach has hosted its downtown open wheel street race since 1975, the longest running major street race in North America. The Walk of Fame was created to honor key contributors to motorsports and annually inducts new members during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race week.

Each inductee is honored by a 22-inch bronze medallion in the sidewalk that includes a rendition of the racer’s car and lists top achievements in motor sports. The medallions proceed up the center of the palm-lined sidewalk alongside the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race circuit in front of the Long Beach Convention Center.

Inductees[edit]

Inductee[1] Year Notes
Hill, PhilPhil Hill 2006 California native, first American to win Formula One World Drivers' Championship (1961)
Gurney, DanDan Gurney 2006 California native, driver and team owner in Formula One, IndyCar, and sports cars
Newman/Haas Racing 2007 7-time winning team at Long Beach (1975, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Pook, ChrisChris Pook 2007 Founder and organizer of the Grand Prix of Long Beach
Redman, BrianBrian Redman 2007 Winner of the inaugural Long Beach Grand Prix
Andretti, MarioMario Andretti 2008 4-time Long Beach winner (1977, 1984, 1985, 1987); 1978 Formula One champion, 4-time IndyCar champion
Gabelich, GaryGary Gabelich 2008 Long Beach native and Land Speed Record holder
Jones, ParnelliParnelli Jones 2008 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner, Formula One and IndyCar car owner
Rahal, BobbyBobby Rahal 2009 3-time IndyCar champion
Unser, Jr., AlAl Unser, Jr. 2009 6-time Long Beach winner (1988–1991, 1994–1995); 2-time IndyCar champion
Andretti, MichaelMichael Andretti[2] 2010 2-time Long Beach winner (1986, 2002), 1991 IndyCar champion
Sullivan, DannyDanny Sullivan[2] 2010 1992 Long Beach winner, 1988 IndyCar champion
Chip Ganassi Racing 2011 5-time Long Beach winning team (1996–1999, 2009)
Vasser, JimmyJimmy Vasser 2011 1996 Long Beach winner & IndyCar champion, 2008 Long Beach-winning car owner
Galles Racing 2012 5-time Long Beach winning team (1988-1992)
Pruett, ScottScott Pruett 2012 2-time Long Beach sports car winner (Grand-Am 2006, Trans-Am 1987)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame - Past Honorees
  2. ^ a b "Long Beach Motorsports Walk Of Fame Adds Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti During Grand Prix Ceremony". Everything Long Beach. 5 April 2010. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 

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