“To be honored with the Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award is quite incredible with all the history behind it." said 2015 Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award recipient Tommy Kendall.
Fontana, Calif. (PRWEB) March 24, 2015
Tommy Kendall was presented with the Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award today at Auto Club Speedway. Named in honor of legendary Los Angeles Times sports writer Shav Glick, the award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to motorsports in California. Kendall, a Santa Monica native, is a four-time SCCA Trans-Am Series champion who dominated the series from 1995 through 1997. Sinceretiring from full-time driving in 1998, he has worked in racing as a TV announcer and test driver, sharing his commentary and analysis in a witty and informative manner.
Ed Justice Jr., president and CEO of Justice Brothers quote:
“This year’s competition was extremely tough, each nominee deserving in their respective ways. Tommy Kendall’s selection is truly reflective of the amazing career he has had, both in and out of the cockpit. He receives the Justice Brothers-Shav Glick award on the heels of being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.”
Tommy Kendall quote:
“To be honored with the Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award is quite incredible with all the history behind it. Parnelli Jones and Dan Gurney were my heroes before I got into racing and were my heroes when I was in the sport. My admiration for both of them only grew greater as I drove for a longer period of time and continued to learn about them and the sport. If you reflect on the Shav Glick tie-in to this award, he wrote a piece on me for the L.A. Times when I was just 19 years old, which was my breakout year when I won the GTU Championship and the Firehawk Championship at the same time in 1986. I‘m very grateful for the light that Shav shown on me. He was a real gentleman and a great journalist who is missed by those in the sport. One of the things about California is the roots of racing go way, way, back and that obviously applies to the Justice Brothers in California. In this day and age you can have huge companies created almost overnight, but the one thing they don’t have is heritage. You can’t match the heritage that Justice Brothers has in motorsports. Kudos to Ed for keeping that heritage alive by supporting
this award. History is an important part of getting young folks involved in the racing.”
Parnelli Jones (2002 Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award recipient) quote:
“I’m very happy to see that Tommy Kendall is the 2015 recipient of the Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award. Tommy was a hell of a driver and a great personality in the sport. It seemed like no one could beat him in Trans Am for years and years when he was at the top of his game. I always had fun watching him race. He really knew what he was doing behind the wheel.”
Tommy Kendall bio:
A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Tommy Kendall dominated the SCCA Trans Am Series in the 1990s, capturing four driving titles in the first eight years of the decade (1990, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97). From 1995 to 1997, while piloting Jack Roush-owned Ford Mustangs, Kendall reined supreme, claiming 16 wins and 27 poles in 38 races. In 1997, on his way to his fourth and final Trans Am title, Kendall scored wins in the first 11 of 13 races of the season. In addition to his superb Trans Am career, Kendall also made 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts, mostly on road courses, and made two appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2015 he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
The Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award:
For the 16th year, The Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award recognizes motorsports personalities who have made distinguished contributions to motorsports in California. The award is named after legendary sports writer Shav Glick, who delivered countless stories on auto racing during his 45 years at the Los Angeles Times. Glick, who passed away in 2007, was a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. The award is presented annually by Ed Justice Jr., president and CEO of Justice Brothers, during the pre-race ceremonies at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race in Fontana, Calif.
Previous recipients of The Justice Brothers-Shav Glick Award
2015 – Tommy Kendall 2009 – Frank Kurtis 2003 – Rick Mears
2014 – Bill Simpson 2008 – John Force 2002 – Parnelli Jones
2013 – Mickey Thompson 2007 – Don Purdhomme 2001 – Wally Parks
2012 – Jeff Gordon 2006 – Phil Hill & Carroll Shelby 2000 – Dan Gurney
2011 – Robert E. Peterson 2005 – J.C. Agajanian
2010 – Kenny Roberts 2004 – Les Richter
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