Edsel Ford II Honored by NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Dearborn Michigan — May 24th, 2019

Ford Motor Company and the Ford Family have, over the years, have received a multitude of awards for their cars, their company, and their personal achievements. In January of 2020 Edsel Ford II, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, will be honored with a much-deserved recognition from an organization he has close ties to.

During the 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Jan. 31, 2020, Edsel Ford II will receive the Hall’s Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Joey Logano and Family with Edsel Ford II after winning the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway / Lasco Press Photo

A True Friend of Racing

There are few names as iconic in the sport of auto racing as Edsel Ford II. A member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors and longtime executive of the company founded by his great-grandfather Henry Ford, Edsel’s is a familiar face in the racing garage.

Ford’s support of NASCAR has been both behind the scenes with the Ford Motor Company but also out in front where he is greeted warmly by the sport’s competitors, executives, team owners and fans at any race track he visits. His leadership at Ford includes time as President and Chief Operating Officer (May, 1991-1998) and a Director of International Speedway Corporation (November, 2007-October, 2015).

Edsel Ford II Biography

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Mr. Ford is noted in his Ford Motor Company media bio as being very active in several charitable organizations including The Henry Ford, The Empowerment Plan and Race Against Dementia. He was the former chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, former Trustee of The Skillman Foundation.

Ford was a Trustee of The Automotive Hall of Fame, as well as, a former Board Member Emeritus of The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is currently Board Chair of Fair Lane (Home of Clara & Henry Ford). In January 2013, Mr. Ford was presented with the Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award. In March 2017, he was honored with the Carroll Shelby Spirit Award.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Mr. Ford will receive the Landmark Award during The NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Induction Weekend set for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The official Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Tickets to Induction Ceremony events begin at $75 per person (plus tax and applicable service fees). Tickets go on sale on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 10 a.m. ET. Special pre-sales will be available to NASCAR Hall of Fame members Tuesday, June 25 through Friday, July 5. For additional details about the Class of 2020 Induction Weekend events and to learn about becoming a NASCAR Hall of Fame member, visit nascarhall.com.

About NASCAR’s Hall of Fame Landmark Award

Potential Landmark Award recipients could include competitors or those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner or being a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role. Award winners will remain eligible for NASCAR Hall of Fame enshrinement.

Five nominees will be selected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and then be voted on by the Voting Panel. To win the award, an individual must appear on at least 60 percent of the ballots and no more than one award will be presented annually. Voting for this award will occur immediately following the voting for the NASCAR Hall of Fame class and be monitored by the same independent accounting firm that oversees NASCAR Hall of Fame voting.

A special plaque honoring the Landmark Award winner in the Hall of Honor is revealed as part of the Induction Weekend events each year.

 

 

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Steve Sweitzer
Steve is the Sports Editor for the Lasco Press and highlights our coverage of NASCAR and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Steve is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and a nationally published author of automotive related articles for industry trade magazines. He is also a freelance technical writer and accomplished photographer. A 25-year resident of Southeast Michigan, Steve’s passion for reporting on our community, it’s residents, and our automotive connections allow us to use his skills to cover a number of events. Steve’s ability to seek out the unique behind the scenes accounts that tell the often-overlooked aspect of a story makes for entertaining reading. Follow Steve at thelascopress.com with weekly NASCAR updates and featured articles.