DAYTONA, Fla. - Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi, of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been named the recipient of the 2015 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made during the traditional prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the Grand Marshal Dinner – which was held at the Daytona 500 Club on Friday, January 29, 2016. From a short list of four successful team owners who competed in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, a panel of motorsports professionals selected Ganassi.
"It's a pleasure to be here to present this award in honor of my father," said Harris Snodgrass, Bob's son, in introducing Ganassi as the winner. "First and foremost, I would like to thank Gorsline Company, the premier insurer of high-risk professionals, for continuously making this award possible.
"The fact that my father's impact on people is still relevant, and his legacy is staying alive, is more than I could ever ask for for my best friend and mentor.
"The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence recognizes a team owner or manager who has demonstrated the qualities of honesty, integrity, passion for the sport of automobile racing and an infinite love of cars altogether. As most of you already know, these are all characteristics that made my father who he was, so the basis for this award is very fitting.
Bobby Akin, Judy Stropus, Archie Urciuoli. Brian Cleary photo.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Judy Stropus, former professional timer/scorer, race-car driver, and award-winning publicist, received the 2015 Bob Akin Award from the Road Racing Drivers Club at a dinner on Jan. 27 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Each recipient of this honor, considered the top award in motorsports for amateur, vintage/historic or semi-professional drivers, is selected by Akin’s son Bobby, RRDC members Brian Redman and Archie Urciuoli, and approved by RRDC president Bobby Rahal.
The distinctive trophy was conceived by the RRDC in 2003 to honor the memory of longtime RRDC member and past president Bob Akin, who lost his life in a racing accident in 2002.
It was designed by Steuben Glass in Corning, N.Y., and is given to a driver who best exemplifies the extraordinary qualities and characteristics that Akin represented, including a passion for motorsports and automobiles, a high level of sportsmanship and fair play, and who has contributed to the sport of motor racing and the community at large.
The primary award, etched with the names of the recipients, is displayed at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Each honoree receives a smaller replica.
Buckler, Ganassi, Rahal and Riley are Candidates for 2015 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence
DAYTONA, FLA. – Four sports car team owners – Kevin Buckler (Petaluma, Calif.), Chip Ganassi (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Bobby Rahal (Chicago, Ill.) and Bill Riley (Mooresville, N.C.) – have been named as candidates for the 2015 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence, presented by Gorsline Company, based on their team’s success on the track during the 2015 race season. The award recipient will be chosen by a panel of motor sports professionals and announced on Friday, January 29, 2016, during the Grand Marshal dinner at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The 2015 honoree will be presented with a specially engraved Rolex Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht-Master timepiece.
SEBRING, Fla. - Madison Snow, of Lehi, Utah, was presented the 21st Gorsline Scholarship by John Gorsline today at the 63rd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida.
With this scholarship, Snow, who turned 19 in December, will work with Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Director of Performance Prime, on an individually-designed performance-enhancement program, and will benefit from a unique training program at Jim Leo's PitFit Training - all courtesy of Gorsline Company.
The Gorsline Scholarship is presented by Gorsline Company, of Rochester, N.Y., the leader in high-risk motorsports insurance. It recognizes aspiring drivers by providing programs with tools that will assist them in developing skills on and off the track to help attain their professional goals.
Two other young drivers were also considered for the Scholarship: Dylan Murry, 14, of Cumming, Ga., and Skylar Robinson, 18, of Augusta, Ga.
THREE CANDIDATES NAMED FOR 21st GORSLINE SCHOLARSHIP
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Three of auto racing's rising stars, who have already demonstrated their talents on North American and European race tracks as teenagers, are candidates for the 21st Gorsline Scholarship in 2015.
The Gorsline Scholarship is presented by Gorsline Company of Rochester, N.Y., the leader in high-risk motorsports insurance. It recognizes aspiring drivers and presents a program that provides tools that will assist these drivers in developing skills on and off the track to attain their professional goals.
Alex Job honored with 2014 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence
Alex Job Racing (AJR) owner Alex Job, of Tavares, Florida, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made during the traditional prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the Grand Marshal Dinner – which was held at the Daytona 500 Club on Friday, January 23, 2015. From a short-list of three successful team owners who competed in the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, a panel of motorsports professionals selected Job.
“The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence is a prestigious acknowledgement, awarded to a team owner, or manager, who has demonstrated the qualities of integrity, passion for the sport of automobile racing and an infinite love of cars, all the traits which my father proudly wore on his sleeve,” said Harris Snodgrass in introducing Job as the winner.