Candidates for induction into the Hall of Fame, which dates back to 1952 when it was set up by the American Automobile Association and the Ford Foundation, have to have at least twenty years active participation in motor sport and be approved by 75 per cent of a 150-strong illustrious membership committee.
Accomplishments and contributions to the Indianapolis 500 are taken into special account in deciding new members. Inductees over the years include AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr., Rick Mears, Johnny Rutherfod, Bobby Unser, Jimmy Murphy, Jim Clark, Mario Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Arie Luyendyk, Graham Hill and Jack Brabham. Emerson Fittipaldi was inducted in 2004 but was too ill to attend the ceremony; Roger Penske (also an inductee) accepted the award on his behalf.
Sir Jackie was BBC Television's "Sports Personality Of The Year" in 1973 and was also ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year - shared with one OJ Simpson. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, and received his knighthood in 2001.