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Twelve of the nation's most successful auto racing drivers in 1998 will be honored at the 29th annual Auto Racing All American Team banquet at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, along with two veterans of the sport, promoter Les Richter and sportswriter Shav Glick.
Also to be commemorated at the banquet staged by the 500-member American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Asssociation is the most famous street race in US history, the Long Beach Grand Prix, now in its 25th year.
The All American team, consisting of two each from stock car, open wheel, drag, short track and road racing and two drivers at large:
One of these drivers will receive the prestigious Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy, which goes to the auto racing writers' and broadcasters' "driver of the year."
Richter, a football All American lineman at California and all-pro linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, is winding down his 37-year career in auto racing. First as president at Riverside International Raceway, later as a founder of the International Race of Champions series, a NASCAR vice-president and an official of Penske Motorsports Inc. who supervised the construction and successful launch of California Speedway, Richter is one of the most influential officials in the sport today.
Glick, who started reporting auto racing in the early 1960's at the Los Angeles Mirror and ever since with the Los Angeles Times, is a multi-award winning writer and one of the nation's most honored motor sports journalists.
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