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Meet our honored guests!
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Bob Jenkins - 

Beloved radio and television race annnouncer will join us Friday evening to chat with Donald Davidson and relive many memories of his time announcing  races.  

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Dave "The King" Wilson - Radio personality who has worked with WIBC, the Bob & Tom Show, and Indycar Radio Network.   Dave has also owned comedy clubs, does stand up comedy himself and even performs weddings.   A very interesting guy - and we welcome him to his 3rd Indy BRW weekend!
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DonaId Davidson, IMS Historian and keeper of all the fascinating people stories of the racing world, will chat with Bob Jenkins Friday evening in the Symposium and will host the Saturday evening dinner conversation with Dick Simon.    


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 Mel Kenyon - One of the greatest midget car drivers in history, Mel Kenyon started his career in modified stocks in 1955, then switched to midgets two years later. His first title was NASCAR's Florida midget series in 1962, but he switched to USAC in the middle of '62 and wound up 5th in that series. Kenyon was second in 1963, then won the first of his USAC titles in 1964. Kenyon had gotten a Champ car ride in '65, but his career was seriously threatened by a wreck and fire in June. Kenyon returned to racing the next year, despite losing part of his left hand. He finished second in midgets, and also fought his way to 5th place in his first Indy 500. Kenyon won 17 of 49 features to claim the midget crown in 1967, then placed 3rd at Indy and won the Midget title again in 1968. His career included 111 victories and seven USAC Midget championships. Kenyon still races from time to time, and won the 1993 Indianapolis Speedrome Midget Car Series. The Mel Kenyon Classic for midget race cars at IRP was so named to honor him. Kenyon was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2003.
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Dick Simon - 

At the age of 36, Dick qualified for his first Indianapolis 500 as team owner and driver.  That same year he finished 3rd at the Ontario 500 and 10th in year-end point standings.  In his career as a driver, Dick qualified in 17 Indy 500s and competed in 183 IndyCar races with many top 10 finishes.  Dick’s best finishes at Indy were the last two years he competed as driver.  He finished 6th in 1987 and 9th in 1988 while being the oldest driver in history for six consecutive years.

At the end of the 1988 season Dick retired as driver to concentrate on owning and managing the team.  Until retirement from Indy Car racing, Dick Simon was considered a top sportsman and one of the best promoters for sponsors in IndyCar racing. 

 

 

Drivers with the name of Luyendyk, Vasser, Pruett, Brayton, Boesel, St. James, and many others have made their debut into Indy Cars with the Simon team.  For years the Simon stable was the first to get their entries in for the race, the first on the track at the Indianapolis 500, and the first team to successfully field five drivers in 1993, and seven drivers in the 1995 Indianapolis 500.   Simon Racing has the distinction of qualifying every rookie they brought to the Indy 500, as well as having brought more rookies than any other team in history to the Indy 500.  In 1997 the team won their first 500-mile Indy race at Las Vegas with Driver, Eliseo Salizar and Engineer, Dick Simon. 

Simon Racing finished 5th and 7th in the Championship in two consecutive years, 1993 and 1994 with driver Raul Boesel.   

Dick’s other accomplishments also include being the alternate to the 1960 Olympic Ski Team, Utah National Champion Sport Parachute Jumper, an expert Senior Licensed scuba diver and a multi-engine pilot as well as racing in the World Championships in Off-Shore high-performance boats.  

Dick and his wife, Dianne, also own Dick Simon Yachts, a premier yacht brokerage with offices in Dana Point, and Long Beach, California. 

He and Dianne, currently reside in San Tan Valley, Arizona.  Dick commutes to California one week each month to oversee the Yacht business.

At 83, Dick still drives at Indianapolis on the Formula I track with the Vintage cars.