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Tom Kendall Wins AARWBA Jerry Titus Award; Named AARWBA 1997 Driver of the Year

12 January 1998

For Immediate Release


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (January 12, 1998)--Tom Kendall, who earned his
record third-consecutive and fourth career Trans-Am Drivers' Championship
in 1997, capped his remarkable year by being selected as the American Auto
Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association's 1997 Driver of the Year,
receiving the AARWBA Jerry Titus Memorial Award.
Kendall received the honor January 10 at the annual AARWBA
All-America Team Banquet, where he also was also one of three drivers to
earn his sixth AARWBA First Team selection, joining Winston Cup champion
Jeff Gordon and NHRA Funny Car titlist John Force. Kendall, who was voted
to the All-American team for the ninth time, lead all of the 1997
All-American selections in number of times chosen for AARWBA honors.
"Receiving the Jerry Titus Memorial Award was the exclamation point
on an amazing year for us," said Kendall. "In addition to the obvious
thanks to my amazing crew, to my sponsor All Sport, and to Ford, I would
like to give special thanks to the AARWBA members for this special award. I
have always felt that road racers share a more symbiotic relationship with
the media than perhaps some of the other higher profile series and nothing
could underscore that fact more than receiving this award."
The AARWBA All-America Team annually recognizes the top-12 drivers
from the motorsports year. Votes are collected from the AARWBA membership
in six categories--road racing, stock car racing, open wheel racing, drag
racing, short track and at large.
Two previous SCCA Pro Racing drivers have been honored with the
Jerry Titus award—Mark Donohue, 1971 (Trans-Am) and ‘73 (Can-Am); and
George Follmer, 1972 (Trans-Am and Can-Am).
"While I have coveted the Titus Trophy since 1986, this year's
events give the award special significance," said Kendall. "In order to
surpass Mark Donahue's consecutive win record, I had to win at the track
where Mark's streak was broken--Watkins Glen. Fortunately, I did not have
to beat the man who broke Mark's streak, Jerry Titus. To have my name on
the perpetual trophy is without a doubt the greatest recognition I have
received in my career."