Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame honors Scott Pruett and Rick Galles

Scott Pruett at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Lexus stand just up from the The Lodge. Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2010)

The City of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach will honor racing legend Scott Pruett as well as the legendary racing team of Galles Racing at the seventh annual Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame induction ceremony.

“Scott Pruett and the Galles Racing team have made legendary contributions to the field of motorsports, and they deserve to be honored in the Motorsports Walk of Fame,” said Mayor Bob Foster, who will be presenting the medallions to the honorees. “Scott Pruett is one of the most decorated American road racers in the history of motorsports, and the Galles Racing team has five consecutive wins at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.”

The public is invited to the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame ceremony on Thursday, April 12, at 11:00 am on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center, along the route of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

“These two honorees have made outstanding contributions here in Long Beach, and are considered motorsports legends,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “The Galles Racing team is the only team with five consecutive victories at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and Scott Pruett has earned several podiums here during his illustrious career.”

Scott Pruett holds the American record of nine major sports car championships. He has four Rolex 24 at Daytona overall victories, four Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Rolex championships and a class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His accomplishments at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach include 2nd (1995) and 3rd Place (1997) finishes, along with victories in the Grand-Am (2006) and Trans-Am Series (1987). Throughout his career he has secured 49 wins, 116 podiums and 30 pole positions.

1992 Indianapolis 500 – Al Unser Jr./Rick Galles

The Galles Racing team boasts a proud legacy of five consecutive wins at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from 1988-92, competing as Galles-Kraco Racing from 1990-92. Founded in 1980 by Rick Galles the team scored 21 wins, including the 1990 CART Championship and the 1992 Indianapolis 500, which resulted in the closest finish in race history. Some of the most celebrated drivers in racing history such as Bobby Rahal, Danny and Al Unser, Jr. have secured wins for the Galles Racing team throughout its 22-year history.

The Walk of Fame medallions include renditions of the racers’ cars and their major achievements in motorsports.

The Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame is an annual free event honoring the outstanding achievements of those who have made significant contributions to the sport of auto racing and the City of Long Beach. The walk of fame and its brass medallions entered into the walk that honor each inductee itself are located on a palm-lined public sidewalk on South Pine Avenue in Long Beach’s downtown waterfront next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and The Pike At Rainbow Harbor entertainment complex.
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To repeat, the public is invited to the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame ceremony on Thursday, April 12, at 11:00 am on South Pine Avenue in front of the Convention Center, along the route of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This event kicks off four days of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend of events.

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues with the third race of the season, and the second temporary street course with the new DW12 formula on April 15 on the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. The race will be telecast live at 3:30 p.m. (ET) by NBC Sports Network. The IMS Radio Network will also carry the race live on XM Channel 94 and Sirius 212. The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 15. It will be telecast by NBC Sports Network at 5 p.m. (ET) on April 19. NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Grand Prix of Alabama will be telecast at 5 p.m. on April 5.

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