Mark Donohue was my first ever favorite race car driver. I started following him in the late 1960's when I was a tyke. When he won the Indy 500 on May 29, 1972 with an average speed of 162.962mph, I was in heaven. I met Mark in the Pocono's at the Split Rock Lodge not far from the Pocono International Raceway, where I was attending time trials for the now defunct Indy Pocono 500. He and Roger Penske stopped by to have dinner at Split Rock, where my family was staying. My Dad bought Mark and Roger a drink and they motioned me to come over. Mark signed my Pocono 500 brochure. It was very cool and he talked to me for a few minutes. It was ironic that I was staying at Split Rock a few years later when he died after practicing an F-1 car for the Austrian Grand Prix on August 19, 1975. TV Auto Racing being sketchy at best in 1975, I hadn't even known he had an accident until after my Dad broke the news of his death. Mark Donohue was 38 and a sports car champion and 1972 Indianapolis 500 winner. He died from severe head injuries sustained August 16 in practice for the Austrian Grand Prix at Graz, Austria. I never saw any of Mark's Winston Cup races as not many NASCAR races were seen on TV up here in NJ, except on ABC's Wide World of Sports in small tape delayed segments.
So this is my tribute to Mark Donohue.....my all time favorite driver
The autograph I got from Mark Donohue at Split Rock (near Long Pond, PA), the first and only time I met him and Roger Penske. The other image is the brochure the autograph is on.
January 21, 1973
- Mark Donohue in winners circle at Riverside International Raceway after winning the Winston Western 500, his only Winston Cup win(in six tries). With him in the photo is Miss Winston Marilyn Newsome(L) and Miss Winston Noneen Hulbert(R).(Photo form the UMI Publication - NASCAR Winston Cup 1973 Yearbook)
The #16 AMC Matador owned by Roger Penske and driven to victory at Riverside International Raceway in the Winston Western 500. The first Winston Cup race ever won by AMC.(Photo form the UMI Publication - NASCAR Winston Cup 1973 Yearbook)
Mark Donohue in the Winners Circle after winning the 1972 Indy 500.(Photo From the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Program)
Mark Donohue and his Mom at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he won the 1972 Indy 500.(Image used with permission from the Unfair Advantage Racing Site)
Mark Donohue with IMS owner Tony Hulman at the 1972 Indianapolis 500 Awards Dinner.(Photo From the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Program)
Mark Donohue and his 1972 Sunoco Special McLaren owned by Roger Penske.(Photo From the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Program)
Taken by Glenn Miller (email: Millstok@aol.com) at Riverside, CA.
Glenn Miller, Automotive Sports Photographer from 1958 through today. Glenn spent much time during those early years at numerous - and now legendary tracks in the Southern California area, including: Colton, Riverside, Pomona, Fontana, Carlsbad, Orange County International Raceway, Bakersfield, and Irwindale Ascot & Elsinore. During this period, Glenn was one of the EMPI Photographers.
As a result Glenn has accumulated over 5 thousand automotive images, including numerous photos from the original EMPI, Revmaster, Bug-Ins, and Drag Days at OCIR, and Sports Car Racing, SCCA, SCTA, Bonneville, NASCAR and Trans-Am, Can-Am Racing, and currently Madras Speedway, to name a few.
Glenn has some great vintage photographs . These fabulous photos document the start of the RIR Scene from the early, formative days of the 1960s to the heyday of the mid 1980s. These photographs are nothing less than treasures from a bygone era.
Glenn Miller, VW Guy, EMPI Historian Bonneville Photographer ( Al Teague.com) ( Cal-look.com Historian ) 1320 Group History Photographer (Nitroparts.com) Hot SpringsEvaluation Expert ! Resource Management Specialist (old Cars ) Racer, Motor Man.
Mark who maintains a Mark Donohue/Mark Martin tribute page, My Two Marks Webpage sent this image to me. This picture was taken at The Motorsports Hall of Fame just outside of Detroit, MI.
Unkown what this is all about. The 1973 Indy 500 Front Row, from left, Johnny Rutherford, Mark Donohue and Swede Savage. See a young Tony George in the background walking. Image sent to me by the folks who run the Swede Savage - My Hero.
Thanks to Rhonda Norman for the scan of the cards.
Taken summer of 2001 where a Porsche Rennsport reunion was held. There were two 917/30 Porsche's that Donohue drove. Roger Penski drove one and Mark's son David drove the other. Thanks to Kyle Booth for the images(1-23-2002)
A Tribute To The Champions of Speed
Left to right: Mark Donohue, Bruce McLaren, Ayrton Senna de Silva, Jim Clark
Each 3/4 life-size, 15 lbs.
From the Warbird Central site.
Taken at Riverside during the CanAm in 1972, Donohue in a Porsche 917
From Bill Wood of The Racing Report
Mark with Lori's Dad, Lori runs the War Wagon Cartoon site.
Picture taken at Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario
Image of Mark's 917-30 from Michael
THE FIRST IROC CHAMPION!
The late Mark Donohue won three of the four events in IROC 1, a series contested on road courses in Porsche Carrera RSR cars. Emerson Fittipaldi was the fastest qualifier for the first race at Riverside, but he and George Follmer had to start from the rear of the field after missing a mandatory pre-race drivers' meeting. Donohue led from start-to-finish while Follmer charged from last to fourth place. In Race 2, Follmer came from ninth on the grid to win, as Donohue retired early. In Race 3, Donohue started on the pole and led all the way, as Follmer went from 12th to fifth. The field was then cut in half, with the top six points leaders from the first three events qualifying for the finale at Daytona. Again, it was a Donohue-Follmer battle, until Follmer spun. That victory was Donohue's last, as he then retired as an active driver, only to return to competition later that year. Donohue was killed the following season after a Formula One practice accident.
Mark Donohue's Winston Cup Stats
Motor Racing Network:
1973 Winston Western 500: Donohue Dominates.(12-23-2014)
Jeremy Grenier is 44th RRDC Mark Donohue Award winner: Jeremy Grenier, 39, of Charles Town, W. Va., is the 44th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award, presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. The award is named for RRDC member and former president Mark Donohue, who won his first National Championship in the SCCA E Production class in 1961, and then went on to become one of the U.S.A.'s greatest racing drivers. He won the Indy 500, the Can-Am Championship, three Trans-Am Championships, and the IROC Championship. He lost his life at the 1975 F1 Austrian Grand Prix. Grenier won his first SCCA National Championship Runoffs title following a spirited battle in the closing laps of the 20-lap Formula F race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., on Oct. 10, which included three full-course cautions. His outstanding drive was judged the performance of the weekend by the 17 RRDC members present (and watching on-line) who constituted the RRDC Donohue Award selection committee.
RRDC president Bobby Rahal, a Runoffs champion long before he won the Indianapolis 500 ('74 B Sports Racing and '75 F Atlantic), emphasized the RRDC Mark Donohue Award is "about personal spirit and performance behind the wheel. Those qualities are more important for this award than winning the race. "The RRDC honors Jeremy not only for his outstanding drive to win, but for how he supports the racing community through his car preparation," added Rahal, who personally called Grenier to give him the news that he'd won the award. "He not only drove cross country to get to the Runoffs, he drove a flawless race against a very competitive field."
As for winning the championship, "It's something you work for for so long and to actually have it come true is very exciting. I really haven't slept very well." said Grenier. "Winning the RRDC Donohue Award is special. To be recognized by my peers for the effort I put forward and the year I've had is quite special. I didn't even think about any awards until I was told I had won it. It hasn't fully sunk in yet. It's pretty impressive." Grenier runs Ski Motorsports in West Virginia, where he's "kind of a do-it-all," he said. "I am the truck driver, the logistics guy, the prep guy, the shop guy. It's basically a one-man show and I prepare multiple cars."
Every year, the RRDC Mark Donohue Award trophy is an engraved glass top mounted on a special, racing-experienced wheel, provided through the efforts of an RRDC member. This year's wheel was donated by Bobby Rahal on behalf of Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan Racing. It competed throughout the 2013 season on the No. 15 Midas Honda Dallara driven by Graham Rahal in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and part of the 2014 season. It was used for the last time on the No. 15 National Guard Honda Dallara at Race 2 at Detroit in 2014. Rahal started 14th but was crashed out when Will Power hit Josef Newgarden who then crashed into Rahal. This crash caused Justin Wilson to run into the back of Rahal thereby hitting the gear shift sensor which made the car unable to shift. Rahal made it back to the pits where the team changed tires, wheels, and the gear stack as well. Rahal left the pits several laps down in 21st, where he eventually finished the race. The award will be officially presented to Grenier at the annual RRDC members' dinner at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, 2015.
The Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) was formed in 1952 as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety, and has evolved to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The Club’s membership includes leading industry professionals, race officials and motorsports journalists, in addition to prominent racing names. In 2011, the RRDC launched a free on-line training seminar – www.SAFEisFAST.com – featuring more than 30 RRDC members and other industry experts in high-quality videos covering subjects from physical and mental preparation to driving techniques, driver safety to car setup and sponsorship. The videos are updated regularly. Each week, a professional from the world of motor racing answers readers' questions on the site in a feature called “Ask a Pro." Bobby Rahal is President, John Fergus is Vice President/Treasurer, and Tom Davey is Secretary.
The RRDC presents three annual awards: the Phil Hill Award, the Mark Donohue Award, and the Bob Akin Award, and supports the Team USA Scholarship, which has been assisting young Americans in the early stages of their careers since 1990 (RRDC)(11-25-2014)
Lawrence Loshak recieves RRDC Mark Donohue Award: Lawrence Loshak, 36, of Grafton, Wis., is the 43rd recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award, presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.
Loshak won two SCCA championships on Sept. 20 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. – Formula 1000 and H Production. His outstanding Formula 1000 drive from last to first on a wet track was judged the performance of the weekend by the 20 RRDC members present who constituted the RRDC Donohue Award selection committee. With his wins in F1000 and HP, Loshak joined the exclusive company of Jerry Hansen, John Heinricy and Tom Schweitz as the only drivers to win the Runoffs in four different classes in its 50-year history. He also became the 17th driver to win two championships in the same year. “I would not be in this position today with the help of a whole lot of people over the years,” Loshak said. “My engine builders – Greg Moon on the Suzukis and Bob Uszler on the Honda – turn out very quick and very reliable powerplants, and you know how drivers feel about horsepower. I also want the give a lot of credit for a successful career to date to my racing mentor and business partner, Mikail Shaknovich. He’s my rock.”
RRDC president Bobby Rahal, a Runoffs champion long before he won the Indianapolis 500, emphasized the RRDC Mark Donohue Award is "about personal spirit and performance behind the wheel. Those qualities are more important for this award than winning the race. This year, Larry Loshak demonstrated the grit that it takes to be a champion. "He's become one of SCCA’s top club racers in just 10 short years and already has won four national championships. Recovering from the self-inflicted wound of being late to the grid, he put his head down and drove a remarkable catch-up race from the back on a wet track with no radio and no idea of his progress. It’s the kind of performance we look for in a Mark Donohue Award winner – no quit, difficult conditions, great concentration."
Every year, the RRDC Mark Donohue Award trophy is an engraved glass top mounted on a special, racing-experienced wheel, provided through the efforts of an RRDC member. This year's wheel was donated by RRDC President Bobby Rahal on behalf of Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan Racing. It was a rear wheel mounted on the BMW Team RLL BMW Z4GTEs running in the ALMS GT category.(RRDC)(10-17-2013)
Cliff White selected as the 42nd annual recipient of the prestigious Road Racing Drivers Club Mark Donohue Award: Cliff White, 26, of Huntsville, Ala., was selected as the 42nd annual recipient of the prestigious Road Racing Drivers Club Mark Donohue Award for his outstanding Spec Racer Ford class victory at the 2012 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., in September. White will be officially presented the award on March 2, 2013, at the SCCA National Convention at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. He will also be honored by the RRDC at its annual dinner at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in Florida on Jan. 23, 2013. White is a CPA and MBA who runs the family business operating assisted-living communities. He is a veteran of the Spec Racer Ford (SRF) class with 11 years in the seat – he started at age 16. This is his first SCCA National Championship.
His drive to victory was anything but leisurely. According to Don Knowles, who chaired this year’s Donohue Award selection committee, “I watched the SRF race from turn 13 and then on the live computer broadcast. Cliff and the other three SRF frontrunners ran what is almost unheard of – a clean Runoffs race! Three leaders on the last lap with Cliff coming from fourth to first – a real tough tactical battle. Winning the arm-wrestling contest with that field is a great driving accomplishment.”
White credited his car’s performance to the communication he has with his mentor and mechanic, Mark Eaton, who works for the southeast division's SRF customer service representative (CSR), Robinson Motorsports. “We just put our heads down all week and kept working on the car,” said White. “The fact we’ve done this together on and off for 10 years, we speak the same language. He knows the car inside and out and he knows my driving. So we said to ourselves, ‘We’re going to win this thing.’”
Every year, the RRDC Mark Donohue Award trophy is an engraved glass top mounted on a special, racing-experienced wheel, provided through the efforts of an RRDC member. This year's wheel was donated by RRDC President Bobby Rahal on behalf of Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan Racing. It was mounted on the BMW Team RLL M3 GT during the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, Conn., this past July.
The Road Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1952 as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety, and has evolved to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The Club’s membership includes leading industry professionals, race officials and motorsports journalists, in addition to prominent racing names.(RRDC)(11-1-2012)
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Last Updated 12-23-2014