Thanks to the organizational skills of member Lisa Noble, the RRDC will hold its “annual” members’ dinner at the Daytona 500 Club in advance of the 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Although we missed having a dinner in 2020 because of the pandemic, we’re back this year in full sway, with awards and recognitions.
The featured award of the evening will be the 28th Phil Hill Award (for rendering outstanding service to road racing).
Also, the 20th Bob Akin Award and the 50th and 51st RRDC Mark Donohue Awards will be presented.
We will also welcome a number of the Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand Marshals, thanks to IMSA, all of whom are RRDC members.
The program is scheduled to end before 10 p.m., so that those participating in the Rolex 24 will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for morning practice.
If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you there!
JEFF O’NEILL MMR 2021 PERSON OF THE YEAR
Vintage racer and vintner Jeff O’Neill has been named 2021 “Person of the Year” by Motorsports Marketing Resources. O’Neill’s 2019 Sonoma Speed Festival featured original vintage racecars, effectively upgrading the quality of the field while reducing the number of entries. The event was well received by the vintage community. After COVID-19 prevented holding the 2020 event, O’Neill moved the 2021 running to Laguna Seca, renaming the festival The Velocity Invitational, again receiving kudos from participants and supporters of vintage racing.
It’s been a good year for O’Neill who also was named 2021 “Person of the Year” by Wine Star Magazine, recognizing his efforts in sustainability in the wine industry with a new groundbreaking waste water treatment system for his Fresno winery and installation of solar panels at his warehouses.
O’Neill is an associate member of the RRDC.