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Jackie Stewart set for Indy Hall of Fame

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.

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May 15, 2011 3:17 PM

richly deserved and long overdue. the lads from across the pond changed the face of indy for all time. for the better! only the lamest of homers wasn't thrilled to see those little cars put the antique, old tech, stagnant thinking american beasts one step closers to the museums they reside in today... and all those guys did it w/ civility and intelligence expressed it an articulate manner. what u say BRILLIANT

Must agree with your comment chasmunch. The quality of the European pioneers in indycar reads like a whose who in the annals of F1, Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart, what a list!! Homegrown talent like Dan Gurney and the amazing Mario Andretti complete my list of truly awesome talent. I personally loved those old dinosaurs and some of the innovation was brilliant and I still feel that a very well designed fronter could do well at Indy but it won't happen.

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