Story by Dave Sink
2013) - Three well-known Little 500
competitors and race official are slated for
induction into the Little 500 Hall of Fame
on Saturday, May 25, part of Pay Less Little
500 Week. The Class of 2013 will be formally
inducted at a luncheon at Anderson Speedway
the afternoon of the Little 500.
From the Historic Era (1949-1975) are Tom
Schemmer and the late Al Sweeney. From the
Modern Era comes Mac Steele and the late
Schemmer, of Toledo, Ohio, was a chief
mechanic who wrenched on several Little 500
entries with Darl Harrison as driver from
1964 to 1975. Was part of three Darl
Harrison wins in '67,'70, and '75. Schemmer
was also instrumental in four top five
finishes and one pole ('67) while overseeing
Harrison's Little 500 efforts.
Sweeney, of Chicago, Illinois, was an IMCA
official at the Little 500 from 1962 to
1971. Sweeney was key in drawing several
prominent racers to the event during the
IMCA era. Sweeney was inducted into the
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1991.
Steele, of Tampa, Florida, is a car owner
with thirteen entries from 1985 to 2006. His
cars were a part of three top five finishes
in the race. He fielded entries for drivers
Paul Southwick, John Klausing, Tom Seckman,
Stan Butler, Dave Steele, Dude Teate, and
Troy DeCaire among others.
Shores, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was a
prolific chassis builder and designer who
built numerous Little 500 entries from
1970's until his death in 2002. Shores had a
significant presence at the Little 500.
The 24th annual Little 500 Hall of Fame
induction ceremony honoring the "Class of
2013" is open to all race fans as well as
competitors. Seating is limited at this
year's luncheon so advance tickets will be
the only way to guarantee a seat. Please
order your tickets as soon as possible by
calling (765) 288-4587.