© Andrew S. Hartwell
For 50 years now Motorsports in North America has been written about, photographed, chronicled and published by members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association - the AARWBA. If it happened on the track, in the pits, behind the wall or anywhere in the paddock, professional members of the media were there to tell the world outside of racing what was going on inside the world of racing.
Founded in Indianapolis in August of 1955, by a core group of newspaper and magazine writers and photographers, the AARWBA membership roster today includes a varied number of professional broadcasters, writers, photographers, publishers and racing luminaries who all share a common interest in seeing Motorsports thrive. Members hail from several disciplines including newspapers, magazines, internet sites, television, radio and public relations. Well known names such as Dusty Brandel, Hector Cademartori, Chris Economaki, Joe Farace, Paul T. Glessner, Mike Harris, Tony George, Phil Hill, Mike Hollander, Bob Jenkins, Michael Knight, Linda Mansfield, Dick Mittman, Wally Parks, and Nancy Schilke all hold membership cards that attest to their professionalism and commitment to increasing Motorsports coverage in all forms of the media.
Each year since 1970, this national professional organization has selected members of an All American Auto Racing Team, with honorees coming from all the major racing series. In 2005, the AARWBA voters elected two drivers each to the First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention, in each of seven categories - Open Wheel, Stock Car, Road Racing, Drag Racing, Short Track, Touring Series and At Large. 17 names were selected, making this year's First Team the largest ever. Overall, a total of 50 honorees were selected across the three teams. (Last year the AARWBA board decided that endurance racing co-drivers with virtually identical records would be listed on the ballot as one. There were three such pairings elected this year to round out the 17-driver First Team.)