For the second straight year, Firestone will be the presenting sponsor of the Road Racing Drivers Club's third annual West Coast banquet honoring auto racing's most influential leaders. This year, on April 14, prior to the running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the "RRDC Evening with Roger Penske presented by Firestone" will highlight racing icon Roger Penske's early career as he molded Penske Racing into today's motorsports juggernaut.
“We had a great time last year as presenting sponsor, honoring Parnelli Jones, and we are very much looking forward to this year's tribute to Roger Penske," said Al Speyer, executive director, Firestone Racing. "Like Firestone, Penske is a legend at the Indy 500! The RRDC Evening with Roger Penske at Long Beach is an enjoyable opportunity to share stories and reminisce about the past with people who share a passion for racing.”
"We at the RRDC are honored to have Firestone once again as the presenting sponsor of our third annual West Coast banquet," said Bobby Rahal, president of the RRDC. "Both Firestone and Roger Penske have enjoyed huge success in their racing endeavors throughout the years. It is a privilege for us to have Firestone's support."
The dinner's proceeds will help support the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has backed since 1997. Previous banquets have honored Dan Gurney and Parnelli Jones, drawing fans and luminaries from all forms of motorsports.
The RRDC Evening with Roger Penske will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, Calif., with cocktails at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited and tickets are selling out fast, so reservations should be made as soon as possible at email@example.com.