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From time to time, AARWBA presents special awards to those whose work has provided a special service to motor sport.
The "Rick Mears Good Guy" Award - Presented to a driver who has gone the "extra mile" to work with the news media.
More special awards
Here are some of the presentations:
NHRA founder Wally Parks receives the Eagle One Shav Glick Award from AARWBA member and former Vice President Glick along with a representative of Eagle One.
AARWBA President Dusty Brandel presents an award to Toyota's Les Unger, honoring Toyota's sponsorship of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for a quarter of a century.
Members of AARWBA who have passed on are honored with two plaques in the Deadline Media Center at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We pay our respects to those members dedicated to increasing coverage of motor sport.
William F. Fox, Jr.
Roy J. Harper
T. Wayne Robertson
Bill France Jr.
Bill "Dutch" Eggert
Bob Laycock was in charge of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center from 1953 through 1995. He witnessed every 500 from 1915, prior to his first birthday, through 1993. In addition, Bob was the Speedway Historian. His knowledge of the Speedway was invaluable to the thousands of media representatives that covered the event over the Forty-Three years of tenure. Bob embodied the love of racing and the traditions of the 500, and for that alone, there will never be another like him.
Bob will always be remembered by the membership of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association for his eagerness to help. Here are a few quotes that sum it up.
"...his vast knowledge is a treasure lost"
"...a question about some driver would bring forth not only the answer, but one or more related stories that added real color to the subject..."
"...he was a terrific fellow whose knowledge of and service to The Indianapolis Motor Speedway can never be replaced."
"He will be missed!"
Bob was always willing to help journalists with information about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Their stories were more accurate because he cared.
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