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Fitzy Reaches the SCCA Hall Of Fame!

Published on September 10, 2012

On Dec 8, 2010 the SCCA announced their class of 2011 inductees into their Hall Of Fame, to be formally inducted during the 2011 National Convention in Las Vegas. Fitzy’s daughter and Triad Z Club friend “MJ” broke the news at our December meeting.

As noted in the SCCA announcement:

Jim Fitzgerald was the most successful driver in the history of SCCA National Club Racing, earning more than 350 National race wins and two National Championships at the SCCA Runoffs during his 30-year career. In addition to his Club Racing career, where he spent many years behind the wheel of a Datsun, Fitzgerald earned 12 top-10 finishes in just 26 starts in the Trans-Am Series through the 1970s and 80s. “Fitzy” was also a renowned driving instructor until his tragic death behind the wheel at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in 1987. The Jim Fitzgerald Memorial, including bronze bust and plaque, still stands at Road Atlanta, where he instructed for many years. The Jim Fitzgerald Rookie of the Year award has been presented annually since 1987 to the Club Racer showing the greatest promise during his or her first season of National Competition.

Alan Giles found this video of Fitzy and Paul Newman battling an XK-E for the 1980 SCCA C Production National Championship at Road Atlanta:

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