Former Goodyear motorsports director Leo Mehl is among eight motorsports luminaries elected recently to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Novi.
Mr. Mehl, 70, started at Goodyear in 1959 as a trainee and after a three-year stint in the U.S. Air Force joined the company full time in 1962 as a tire compounder. He soon stepped into racing tire development at a time when Goodyear was stepping up its involvement in motorsports.
When he retired in 1996, Mr. Mehl was in charge of all of Goodyear's worldwide competition activities. During his tenure with Goodyear, the company won more than 83 percent of all events it entered in 23 North American and one international racing series in competition with 14 other tire companies.
>From 1996 to 1999, he was executive director of the Indy Racing League and a vice president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Other inductees are: 1988 NASCAR Champion Bill Elliott; Indy racing mechanic and team manager Jim McGee; 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann and National Hot Rod Association veterans Ronnie Sox and Buddy Martin; 1950s-era sports car champion John Fitch; and dirt track and pavement motorcycle legend Bubba Shobert.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will hold its its annual induction ceremony on Aug. 15 at the State Theater in Detroit.
The Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation Inc.