Justice Brothers Inc. presented the Shav Glick Award to the late Mickey Thompson on March 24, 2013, at Fontana Motor Speedway prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400.
Named for the longtime L.A. Times motorsports Hall of Fame journalist Shav Glick who passed away in 2007, the award recognizes an industry personality who has made valuable or distinguished contributions in the state of California.
The 2013 nominees included George Follower, Tom McEwen, and Chris Pook. Ed Justice, Jr., president and CEO of Justice Brothers, made the presentation during prerace ceremonies.
“We are very proud that Mickey Thompson has been selected to receive this very special award in recognition of his substantial contributions to the industry here in the state of California,” stated Ken Warner, VP sales and marketing, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels. “It is especially meaningful to us and to the Thompson family as we celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary this year.”
The legendary Thompson was the first to develop the “sling shot” dragster, built and raced funny cars and expanded to off-road racing in the 1970s. He later founded Score International Off-Road Racing and began building his own versions of off-road sprint cars for his indoor stadium off-road racing series.
Max-Trac Tire Co., Inc., dba Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, markets racing and high-performance tires and wheels for street, strip, truck, and off-road applications. The company was founded in 1963 by Thompson and is headquartered in Stow, Ohio.
Thompson held 485 national and international speed and endurance records at the time of his passing. His family and the company he founded remain dedicated to his legacy.
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Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.