|by Randy Lawrence, Media Director
LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 11, 2006) -- 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner Tom Sneva will be the guest speaker at the 2006 Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct. 13.
Nicknamed "The Gasman," Sneva won the pole position for the Indianapolis 500-mile race three times (1977-78, 1984). In 1977 he became the first driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at over 200 mph, and in 1984 was the first driver to qualify at over 210 mph.
Sneva suffered one of the most famous crashes at Indianapolis during the 1975 race. After touching wheels with Eldon Rasmussen, Sneva’s car flipped up and into the catch fence, tearing his car in half. He walked away with only minor burns. Sneva retired after the 1992 Indianapolis 500 with 13 career IndyCar wins and 14 poles. He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.
The 2006 Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Banquet will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Lincoln Firefighter's Reception Hall at 241 Victory Lane near the Speedway Motors complex in Lincoln, Neb.
The 2006 inductees are Clyde Baker, Jack Beck, Gene Kidder, Charlie Martin, Abe Slusky and Kent Tucker.
To order tickets for this year's extravaganza, please contact one of the following board members:
Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame c/o George Roseland
18 Westlake Village Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Phone: (712) 366-2605
Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame c/o Ray Valasek
821 Driftwood Dr. Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: (402) 489-5171
Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame c/o Chris Johnson
3017 West Stolley Park Rd. #99 Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: (402) 610-5510
The purpose of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame is to perpetuate the memory of these individuals who have brought lasting fame to the state of Nebraska through their efforts in auto racing.
Nominees to the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame must have been a resident of the state for at least two years and must be retired from the discipline they are being honored for four years.
Active participants in the sport will be considered if they are 55 years of age and have been with the sport for at least 30 years. All candidates must have made positive contributions to the sport of auto racing on a local, regional and some national prominence.
Anyone wishing to nominate a person to the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame can do so by submitting the person's name, with a list of their accomplishments to: The Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, Inc., 5527 S. 20th St., Lincoln, NE 68512. Or you can call 402-421-2266, or e-mail your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame visit www.narhof.com