The Road Racing Drivers Club will honor Jacky Ickx, winner of six 24 Hours of Le Mans, eight Formula 1 grand prix, the 1979 SCCA Can-Am series championship and back-to-back World Endurance Championship Drivers titles in 1982 and 1983, at the Grand Prix of Long Beach next month, the organization announced.
The “RRDC Evening with Jacky Ickx Presented by Firestone” is the RRDC’s 13th banquet honoring auto racing’s influential leaders and icons, the club said, and will be held prior to the 48th Annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13.
Previous RRDC honorees include Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, George Follmer, Emerson Fittipaldi, Johnny Rutherford, David Hobbs and Rick Mears.
Additionally, the Firestone brand will return as presenting sponsor of the RRDC banquet for the 12th year.
“Having Firestone support the RRDC Long Beach dinner for more than a decade is a true privilege,” said RRDC President Bobby Rahal. “Firestone has an unrivaled heritage in motorsports dating back to the first Indy 500 in 1911. We always welcome Firestone’s support and salute the brand’s long-standing success and contributions to the sport.”
The dinner’s proceeds will help support the RRDC’s young driver initiatives, including its SAFEisFAST.com program and the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has backed since 1997. The Mark Donohue Foundation was formed to further support the SAFEisFAST.com initiative.
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