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Racing News: Bondurant, Gurney, Hubbard, Downing, Hylton, Barnes Join SCCA Hall of Fame

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Bondurant, Gurney, Hubbard, Downing, Hylton, Barnes Join SCCA Hall of Fame
Kathy Barnes, Bob Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Dr. Bob Hubbard, Jim Downing and Pete Hylton will be recognized as the 2014 SCCA Hall of Fame class. The newest members of the Hall will be formally inducted during the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet presented by Mazda at the yearly SCCA Convention, Saturday, March 8, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Barnes has helped shape the SCCA as a director, a multiple national championship-winning solo driver, a solo event organizer and a club racing steward, as well as a region leader in the Northeast Division.

Today, Bondurant may be more well-known for the driving school that bears his name, but before teaching his students how to go faster, Bondurant had already racked up victories at some of the world’s most famous racing venues. He also spent two full seasons representing the United States of America in the Formula One World Championship.

Gurney became a motorsports legend as a driver, engineer and pioneer. The mark that Gurney put on the sport as a driver, winning most of the world’s most famous races, is matched only by the mark he left as an innovator. The “Gurney flap,” full-faced helmet and the ceremonial spraying of champagne after a win are all credited to Gurney and remain commonplace for today’s SCCA racers.

Dr. Hubbard and Jim Downing developed the Head and Neck Support (HANS) device in the mid-’80s, following the loss of a close friend to a basilar skull fracture.

Hylton was instrumental in the founding of the very Hall of Fame of which he now becomes enshrined. He held numerous leadership positions in the Indianapolis Region SCCA and served on the club’s board of directors.