TORONTO – The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame (CMHF) has announced their seven inductees for 2020 and fans may notice two familiar names on the list.
NASCAR Pinty’s driver Robin Buck and Pinty’s team owner Ed Hakonson will both be inducted into the CMHF on February 15, 2020 at the Canadian International Auto Show, in Toronto. The pair will be apart of a seven person class induction into the Hall of Fame and will be recognized for their significant accomplishments and the extraordinary contributions they have made to the advancement of motorsports in Canada.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s inductees," said Dr. Hugh Scully, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CMHF. "Each of these gentlemen have made an indelible mark on the Canadian motorsport landscape and will be recognized for their great efforts and success, both in Canada and internationally. We congratulate them all."
Robin Buck, also know as the "master of Mosport", is one of Canada’s foremost racing drivers and high-performance driving instructors. He counts over forty-five years of motorsport-related experience. Over the course of his driving career Buck captured several championships, top-three finishes and track records in karts, Formula Ford, Formula 2000, Player’s GM Series, Firestone Firehawk, Corvette Challenge, Formula Atlantic, CASCAR Super Series and the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
A current driving coach for competitors in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, Ferrari Challenge and Radical Cup, Buck enjoys a stellar reputation for mentoring young drivers and guiding them into a career in motorsports.
Ed Hakonson is the co-founder of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) and a multi-race winning team owner (Ed Hakonson Racing) in Canadian NASCAR racing. He began racing snowmobiles in the late 1960’s and recorded multiple wins in the 250cc class before being recruited by Arctic Cat, becoming one of their first factory backed racers competing in Canada and United States. In 1976, he took his snowmobile and completed one of the longest open water crossings in Canada at the time, an event televised on Wide World of Sports.
In 1983 Hakonson started his own clothing company, Choko Design, which became an important supplier of driver branded merchandise and allowed him to sponsor and mentor CASCAR/NASCAR Canada Championship driver Peter Gibbons. A NASCAR team owner since 2001, Ed Hakonson has been a driving force both as an owner and as a builder in the lives of numerous Canadian racers. In 2019, EHR picked up two wins with driver Jason Hathaway (Riverside and Saint-Eustache) and a career first win with Brett Taylor at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
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The full list of 2020 inductees include former road racer, driver training advocate and Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame co-founder, Gary Magwood; former Formula 1 driver Allen Berg; driver and high-performance instructor Robin Buck; Canadian Snowcross Racing Association co-founder and NASCAR team owner Ed Hakonson; driver and builder Larry Caruso; Canadian Grand Prix promoter, Normand Legault and international competitor Bruno Spengler.
Thanks to a new partnership with the Canadian International Auto Show, the induction ceremony will take place at the John W H Bassett Theatre?in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on February 15.
For more information on the ceremony and all the 2020 inductees, visit www.cmhf.ca