The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) presented Forrest Lucas with the Bob Russo Heritage Award at the 29th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony presented by Bridgestone on June 28, at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The award, named in honor of the longtime motorsports journalist and historian Bob Russo, is presented at the recommendation of the MSHFA Board of Directors in recognition of the recipient’s contributions to motorsports throughout his or her career. According to the MSHFA Board of Directors, few people have done more to support motorsports at every level in the U.S. than Forrest Lucas, the founder of Lucas Oil Products, Inc. Lucas and his wife Charlotte founded the company in 1989, and motorsports became the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy a few years later.
Under Forrest Lucas’s direction, Lucas Oil formulas have long enjoyed success at every racing level including such elite teams as Richard Childress Racing in NASCAR and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in IndyCar.
Lucas Oil has also become a major presence in the ownership and promotion of motorsports facilities. Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, is a multisport complex encompassing a state-of-the-art Dirt Track, a newly built Short Course offroad race track and the only purpose-built Drag Boat lake in the nation.
The company also owns and operates seven race series, works with other track owners and promoters and supports the sponsorship of hundreds of race teams, series and individuals. Lucas Oil has the naming rights to Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, a premier drag racing facility, and the company designs and builds off-road short course tracks throughout the southwestern United States and Baja California.
“When I look at the list of names of the Bob Russo Heritage Award winners already in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, like Leo Mehl, Bill France Jr., Carl Haas, Don Panoz and my old friend Linda Vaughn,” Lucas said, “it makes me proud to be honored alongside them and be part of this great industry. I will always treasure this award.”