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
Gurney, DanDan Gurney 2006 California native, driver and team owner in Formula One, Indy car, and sports cars
Hill, PhilPhil Hill 2006 California native, first American to win Formula One World Drivers' Championship (1961)
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 Indy car champion
Gabelich, GaryGary Gabelich 2008 Long Beach native and Land Speed Record holder
Jones, ParnelliParnelli Jones 2008 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner, Formula One and Indy car car owner
Rahal, BobbyBobby Rahal 2009 3-time CART series champion
Unser, Jr., AlAl Unser, Jr. 2009 5-time winner of Long Beach Grand Prix (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995)
2-time CART Indy Car champion
3-time winner (Pro) of Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race (1985, 2009, 2014)
Andretti, MichaelMichael Andretti[2] 2010 2-time Long Beach winner (1986, 2002)
1991 CART Indy Car champion
Sullivan, DannyDanny Sullivan[2] 2010 1992 Long Beach winner
1988 CART Indy Car champion
Chip Ganassi Racing 2011 5-time Long Beach winning team (1996–1999, 2009)
Vasser, JimmyJimmy Vasser 2011 1996 Long Beach winner
1996 CART Indy Car 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)
Fernández, AdriánAdrián Fernández 2013 2009 Long Beach sports car winner, former IndyCar team owner and driver
Paul Tracy 2013 4-time Long Beach winner (1993, 2000, 2003, 2004)
2003 CART Champ Car series champion
Forsythe, GeraldGerald Forsythe 2014 2-time Long Beach-winning car owner (2003, 2004)
Dario Franchitti 2014 2009 Long Beach winner
4-time IndyCar Series champion
Kalkhoven, KevinKevin Kalkhoven 2014 2008 Long Beach winning car owner
Gordon, RobbyRobby Gordon 2015 2 victories in CART, former IndyCar team owner and driver
Bryan Herta 2015 2 victories in CART, IndyCar team owner and former driver
Bruce Flanders 2016 Longtime Long Beach Grand Prix announcer
Roger Penske 2016 6-time Long Beach winning owner
14-time Indy car championship team
16-time Indianapolis 500 winning team
Emerson Fittipaldi 2017 2-time Formula One World Champion
1989 CART Indy car champion
Tommy Kendall 2017 Sports car champion

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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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