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Motorsports Legends Franchitti, McLaren Elected to Auto Racing Hall of Fame at IMS Museum

Two of the most well-known names in motorsports history are the newest inductees into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti and legendary driver and constructor Bruce McLaren have been voted into the prestigious pantheon by an esteemed panel of auto racing journalists, participants and historians.

Franchitti won 31 races in his illustrious Indy car career, taking the Indianapolis 500 in 2007, 2010 and 2012. The Scottish-born driver won four Verizon IndyCar Series championships (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and lost a Champ Car title on a tie-breaker in 1999. Franchitti also was part of a winning effort at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2008.

"Dario Franchitti's winning performances at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are some of the most memorable in IMS history," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "His three wins in a five-race space, coupled with four front row starts and six top-seven finishes in just 10 starts prove Dario understood how to compete at IMS. In addition, Dario was a fan favorite because of the combination of his mastery in the car coupled with his understanding and appreciation of the history of the Indianapolis 500. He, more than most, will understand the honor of becoming a member of the Auto Racing Hall of Fame."

Said IMS Historian Donald Davidson: “Quite apart from having compiled an exceptional and well-documented driving career of his own. Dario continuously displays the most profound respect for those who went before him, along with pure passion for the history of motorsport, not only by collecting memorabilia, but even to the point of having taken a course in car restoration."

McLaren was a highly successful driver, designer, constructor and engineer, whose name lives on in the eponymous Formula 1 team that has captured eight Constructors Championships and 12 Drivers Championships. As a driver, McLaren won four Formula 1 races, two Can-Am series championships and co-drove to a win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966 with fellow Kiwi Chris Amon.

"Even decades after his passing, the name Bruce McLaren instantly conjures up vivid memories for racing enthusiasts around the world, whether they be for his Formula One driving days; for his analytical approach to racing; his decision to start up his own marque, when he could well have continued to drive for other people; his utter dominance, along with fellow New Zealander Denis Hulme of the Can-Am series in the late 1960s; or for the legendary organizations he left behind which compiled multiple Formula 1 Constructors Championships and Indianapolis 500 wins," Davidson said.

The two inductees were chosen from a star-studded ballot of 16 nominees, seven of which received at least 50 percent of the vote. A nominee needed to be named on 75 percent of the ballots, or finish first in his or her voting category to be inducted.

The 2017 inductees were announced on "Founders Day," March 20, 2017, the 108th anniversary of the day the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Company was officially formed.

The Auto Racing Hall of Fame at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum honors and celebrates individual contribution to the sport of automobile racing. It was founded in 1952 under the auspices of the Contest Board of the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Hall of Fame was moved to the original Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in 1962 under the direction of then-Speedway President Anton "Tony" Hulman.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway® Museum is the gateway to the "Racing Capital of the World®." Located within the historic Indy 500® oval, the Museum commemorates more than a century of racing with its world-renowned collections of automobiles and racing memorabilia. Skill, daring, heroics and the legends of racing are featured at the museum through exhibits, education and research programs, inspiring a new generation of racing enthusiasts while honoring America's racing heritage and intergenerational family traditions. A non-profit institution, the Museum relies on the generosity of its members and supporters. For more information, please visit: indyracingmuseum.org.

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