HERSHEY, Pa. _ The AACA Museum, Inc. announced some new enhancements to their Night at the Museum event Oct. 4. Their partnership with Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital will allow them to raise funds for both kids and cars. There will also be a presentation of the first ever Automotive Heritage Award. The recipient of this award will be racing icon Mr.Bobby Rahal.
The Automotive Heritage Award honors those making an exceptional contribution to the hobby by preserving antique automobiles and motorsports vehicles, exhibiting their vehicles, promoting the hobby, engaging in sustained, noteworthy activities that have positively impacted the hobby, and using his/her position in the hobby for philanthropy and service to others.
Rahal worked his way up through the racing ranks starting with the SCCA’s feeder series to Formula Atlantic and then onto European Formula Two. In an 18-year career spanning F1, Can-AM, LeMans/IMSA, and CART, Rahal notched three CART championships, including a win at the 1986 Indy 500, along with wins at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1987 12 Hours of Sebring endurance races.
Rahal is the current owner of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Series racing team along with partners Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan and former CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman. The Rahal racing heritage continues to the next generation as his son Graham Rahal is now a race-winning driver for this team. Along with this leadership of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, he operates Bobby Rahal Automotive Group, a string of car dealerships in Pennsylvania, is President of the Road Racing Drivers Club, Chairman of the International Motor Racing Research Center Governing Council at Watkins Glen and is very active in the community through the Bobby Rahal Foundation. In addition, he was Chairman of the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation from August 2012 until the fall of 2016.
Tickets to attend this year’s event will be at a cost of $150 per person, with a $50 upgrade for the VIP reception. Updates will be available at http://www.NightAtTheMuseum.org. Benecard, NVA, National Parts Depot, Al Prueitt Automotive Restoration, Baker Tilly , J.C. Taylor Insurance, and LiBrandi’s Plating.
The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.