It is an honor and a privilege to request induction of Mr. Gene Felton into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Mr. Felton has made significant accomplishments in motorsports. To quote a famous Georgia Winston Cup driver, Gene has ‘DONE IT ALL’. From racing motorcycles while in the United States Marine Corp and winning the Okinawa championship, pulling his mini-stocker to the Peachbowl speedway on a tow bar to co-driving a Chevrolet CAMARO to a second-place finish at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Gene is one of the winningest drivers in American road racing, with four National Championships, including wins in the Daytona 24 hours and Sebring 12 Hour. He was invited to, and competed against, many racing greats such as Bobby Unser, Johnny Rutherford, and David Pearson in the Senior Fastmasters series. He still holds the record as the only driver to start on the pole and win every race in a season while competing in IMSA’s American Challenge Series in a BUICK! As Gene’s website bio shows, Gene has also scored win in Trans Am, and competed in three divisions of NASCAR racing, and would most likely be a household name if his career hadn’t been cut short by a horrific accident at Riverside in 1984. However short his pro career, he scored 50 Professional wins in a brief 12 year span---more than Peter Gregg and five short of Al Holbert in IMSA competition, all accomplished in NASCAR-style American cars.
A year after being told he would never race again, Gene got back behind the wheel and continued to compete. He also began restoring historic NASCAR Winston Cup cars, creating the Historic Stock Car Racing Group, racing famous tracks such as Daytona, Watkins Glen, Sears Point, Sebring, Laguna Seca, and Road Atlanta.
Mr. Felton possesses the talent, skill and feel for a racecar that is so rare. Although he is no longer competing professionally, at the age of 70, he still exhibits the greatness behind the wheel, winning over 100 Vintage races in the past several years in ex-Winston Cup cars, Camaros, Boss Mustangs and Shelbys. His contributions are scattered throughout the racing record books, and he is still a very active contributor to the sport today. I can think of no one more deserving of induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame than Gene Felton.
Please take a look at Gene’s website (genefeltonrestorations.com), and if you are on the voting panel and feel Gene is a great candidate, we welcome your support.