On Friday, March 12, Jack Roush became the eighth recipient of the prestigious Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award during the Grand Opening Breakfast of the 12th annual Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show.
Roush accepted the award in front of nearly 1,000 hot rod and restoration industry members at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
“Being named a recipient of the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award is obviously a tremendous distinction and something completely unexpected,” Roush said. “I remember Robert [Petersen] always being a great ambassador for the auto industry and hot rods. It is an honor to be mentioned among the many legendary names who have received this award in the past.”
Jack Roush is the eighth recipient of the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award.
Roush was presented with the awards by Petersen Automotive Museum Director Dick Messer and Hotrod & Restoration Group Publisher Travis Weeks. Following a speech by Roush and a video about his life, Roush sat down with Breakfast host Barry Meguiar of Car Crazy TV to tell stories and answer questions from the audience.
The Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented annually since 2002. Previous recipients include Wally Parks, Carroll Shelby, George Barris, Vic Edelbrock, Andy Granatelli, the Ford family and Alex Xydias. The award’s 2009 recipient, “Speedy” Bill Smith, was in attendance at this year’s breakfast showing his support for Roush.
“We are very excited to have Jack Roush as the recipient of our 2010 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award. This is one of the most prestigious awards in our industry because it is only given to true pioneers like Jack, whose love of technology and the automobile has been a benefit to all of us who crave performance,” said Weeks.
In addition to the highly-visible NASCAR entries of Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush also has a number of automotive-related companies in his hometown of Livonia, Michigan. Among them are ROUSH Industries, a supplier of engineering, testing and manufacturing services to all the “Big Three” manufacturers, and ROUSH Performance which produces high-performance vehicles, parts and exotic crate engines.
Roush has previously been inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (2010), the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (2008), the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2006), the Mustang Hall of Fame (2002), and the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame (1992).
Earlier this year Roush also was one of five recipients of a coveted 2010 Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. This award recognizes an individual who has significantly improved the industry or their respective organization.
Roush’s numerous educational and philanthropic activities include establishment of the Jack Roush Motorsports Scholarship fund at Clemson University, which is dedicated to supporting graduate and undergraduate students in their pursuit of motorsports-related degrees.