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(l-r) John Force, Wally Parks and Kenny Bernstein celebrate their nominations for "Newsmaker of the Half-Century"
Michael Knight (l) and Shav Glick (r) present the James P. Chapman Award for Excellence in Motor Sports Public Relations to Doug Stokes, communications director for Irwindale Speedway
(l-r)AARWBA Western Vice-President Michael F. Hollander presents the Horsepower Award to Bobby Hamilton, who was unable to attend the banquet as J.C. Agajanian helps. Dusty Brandel photo for AARWBA.
(l-r)Sebastien Bourdais received his Horsepower Trophy at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach from AARWBA Eastern Vice-President Lewis Franck. Michael F. Hollander photo.
The 2004 Auto Racing All-America Team
And AARWBA's Driver of the Year - Winner of the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy™
AARWBA's Pioneer in Racing Award was presented to Kenny Bernstein. Bernstein captured six championships during his career and is the only driver to earn titles in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes. He became the first driver to make a 300 mph pass in 1992. Although he retired at the end of the 2002 season, Kenny returned in ’03, following injury to son Brandon. Bernstein-owned teams also won in the NASCAR Cup and CART open-wheel series.
The 12 nominees for AARWBA's "Newsmaker of the Half-Century" were announced and the Jim Chapman Award was presented to Doug Stokes. For more information, please visit the 50th Anniversary Celebration page
The 35th Anniversary Auto Racing All-America Banquet was held on January 15, 2005 at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California in Pomona, California and the Sheraton Fairplex Suites. Members of the racing news media met to honor the drivers cited for their efforts during the 2004 racing season. It's one of the few banquets in the racing industry that's open to the public.
|The Parks Museum, site of the reception, which was hosted by Budweiser, and bench racing prior to the awards banquet, is currently hosting Edelbrock: A Performance Legacy, honoring the Edelbrock family, company and the entire performance racing industry. Those attending the party had a chance to tour the Museum and exhibit, which features rare vehicles and artifacts, many never before shown in public, from the Edelbrock collection.|
A reception sponsored by Budweiser began at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at 6:15 p.m. PST followed by dinner at the Sheraton Fairplex Suites next door at 8:00 p.m. PST.
See Information about the 2007 Banquet
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See Highlights of the 2003 Banquet
See Highlights of the 2002 Banquet
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