Terry Dale to be inducted into Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame
June 8, 2017
MIAMI, Fla. [June 8, 2017] – Terry Dale, of Ottawa and a crucial member of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s race control staff, has been named a member of the 23rd class of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, and is set to be inducted on Oct. 14, 2017.
Dale, who served as Trans Am’s Chief Steward from 2002 to 2003, rejoined the Series in 2017 as Operating Steward and is a vital member of the revamped race control staff headed by Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Throughout Dale’s career, which dates back to 1967, he has served as an official with Indy Lights, the Canadian Grand Prix, ALMS, Star Mazda, Porsche GT3 Cup, IMSA and Formula BMW.
“Terry remains one of the best in the business,” said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company. “His enthusiasm, work ethic and dedication to his craft have been crucial to our race control efforts throughout the 2017 season, in both the primary championship and on the West Coast. Anyone who knows Terry, or is familiar with his body of work, will see this induction as little surprise—it’s where he belongs, and it’s definitely deserved.”
Dale, in the midst of preparations for the 3-Dimensional Services Group Motor City 100 at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, yet never one to be lost for words, was humbled by the upcoming induction.
“Honestly, it’s pretty awesome, and it’s pretty humbling,” said Dale. “I’ve been involved with motorsports for nearly 50 years now, and I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve had a ball doing it. As I’ve said many times this weekend and in the past, the best part of it for me is the people. It’s the people I meet, the people I know as friends. To be recognized by peers, by friends, for something that I just love to do—it’s pretty special. There are some pretty amazing people in the Hall of Fame; and to be considered amongst them—it’s just humbling.”
Despite the years of hard work and Hall of Fame honors, Dale is not anticipating a departure from the sport any time soon—if ever.
“I have been doing this all my life,” said Dale. “Both my sons have picked up the ‘mutant’ gene—they’ve both been involved in motorsports in some capacity. It’s a passion for me, and it’s a hobby that I love. I go to an event sometimes and think ‘do I really want to do this?’ Then I get there and it all cranks up. It’s fun; it’s exciting—motorsports in and of itself is exciting. To be a part of it is just fantastic. It’s a thrill, and I love it. Fortunately, I have a family and a wife that are passionate about motorsport as well and allow me to go do this. I’ll be doing this till the day they roll me into the brown stuff in the ground.”
Readers can learn more about Dale’s induction and the entirety of the 23rd Class of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame at www.cmhf.ca
About the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli:
The Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli, began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), and oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.
Defending Champions include: Amy Ruman (TA), Tony Buffomante (TA2), Randy Mueller (TA3) and Ernie Francis, Jr. (TA4).
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