"Dinner and a Panel" to Feature David Hobbs, Geoff Brabham, Tommy Kendall, Lyn St. James and Moderator Mike Joy
Get ready for one of the most exciting Historic Festivals in 36 years at Lime Rock Park. Held during Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30 - Sept. 3, 2018, the Festival offers three days of on-track action among eight groups of vintage and historic sports cars as well as a host of fan activities, including the Saturday Night "Dinner and a Panel." Held on Sept. 1, 2018, at 6:30 in the Hospitality Tent at Lime Rock Park, the dinner will showcase a discussion themed on racing's GTP Era with all-star panelists and moderator. Advance tickets to the dinner are required and can be purchased here. More information about the Saturday Night Dinner And A Panel can be found at www.LimeRock.com/Labor-Day-Historics/SaturdayNight.
SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER PANELISTS:
The all-start panelists discussing the GTP Era during the Saturday Night Dinner are former racing drivers David Hobbs, Tommy Kendall, Geoff Brabham and Lyn St. James. The panel will be moderated by Mike Joy. Below you'll find an overview of each of their career highlights.
In 2018, David published an autobiography "HOBBO: Motor Racer, Motor Mouth." He's also made it onto the big screen, appearing in the 1983 comedy film "Stroker Ace," playing a TV race announcer and in the "Cars 2" movie, where his character Announcer "David Hobbscap" was a 1963 Jaguar from David's real-life hometown in England.
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee Tommy Kendall has raced in the IMSA GT Championship, the SCCA Trans-Am Series and NASCAR. Son of race driver Charles Kendall, Kendall began his racing career competing at in the IMSA GT Championship driving a Mazda RX-7 in the GTU class - taking the 1986 and 1987 championships. Later he won three other titles in the same car.
He dominated the SCCA Trans-Am Series in the 1990s, scoring four series championships. His greatest year came in 1997, when he won 11 races in a row out of the 13 on the schedule—almost a perfect season. During this time, Kendall was also honored by representing the series for six IROC seasons.
He also ran in 14 NASCAR Cup Series races between 1987 and 1998, primarily on road courses as a road course ringer and scoring a Top 10 finish. Of the American drivers who have competed in the Bathurst 1000 since the race moved to Bathurst in 1963, including races like Johnny Rutherford, Janet Guthrie, Dick Barbour, Sam Posey, Bob Tullius, and John Andretti, Tommy holds the distinction of being the first one to have ever finished the race. Scott Pruett finished 11th the next year.
In 1991, Kendall suffered serious leg injuries at Watkins Glen when a mechanical failure caused his Intrepid RM-1 IMSA GTP car to leave the track and crash head-on into a tire wall. Despite the injury, he returned to racing over a year later. In the 2000s Kendall became a television analyst and series host for various program. His latest on-air program premiered on Fox Sports 1 in 2013, entitled "Driven - A Race Without Boundaries."
Lyn St. James
Florida Sports Hall of Fame inductee Lyn St. James competed in what is now the IndyCar series, with 11 CART and five Indy Racing League starts to her name. She is one of nine women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500, and became the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 "Rookie of the Year" award. She also has two victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and one win at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Additionally she has competed in endurance racing in Europe, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring; in the latter, her team placed first and second in class in 1979.
Among her career recognitions, Sports Illustrated for Women has named her one of the "Top 100 Women Athletes of the Century," Working Woman Magazine called her one of “The 350 Women Who Changed the World Between 1976-96” and Automotive News “One of the Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry in 2010.”
Lyn founded the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation in 1994 to provide leadership and support to help women's growth in auto and motorsports fields. As a motivational speaker, she shares her story with others across the globe. As an Ambassador for the RPM Foundation, Lyn is passionate about helping to provide a pathway for younger generations into careers in preservation and restoration of collector vehicles. She's an appeal panelist for the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.
In 2010, she re-published her 2002 book "Ride of Your Life" under its new title, "Lyn St. James: An Incredible Journey." In 2005, she published "Oh By The Way...A Letter From My Mother."
Michael "Mike" Joy is a well-known TV sports announcer who currently serves as the lap-by-lap voice of Fox Sports' coverage of NASCAR. Counting 2018, Mike has been part of the live broadcast of 40 Daytona 500s (7 for MRN Radio, 17 for CBS and 15 for FOX). He also serves as Velocity/Discovery Channel's expert analyst for their coverage of collector car auctions.
He later moved onto radio, speding 15 years with NASCAR's radio network, MRN Radio (1976-1990), and then to television where he anchored the first live Sprint Cup telecasts on ESPN (1981) and TNN (1991). In 1983, Mike became a pit reporter for CBS' coverage. He launched The Nashville Network's NASCAR coverage in 1991, as a being a lap-by-lap announcer through 1995. When NASCAR went to Indy, Joy anchored the IMS Radio Network live coverage from the first Brickyard 400 in 1994 through 1998. He became CBS Sports lap-by-lap announcer and the lead announcer of Formula One coverage on Fox Sports Net in 1998. For the 2001 season, he moved full-time to Fox with the NASCAR TV package. He also anchors NASCAR Cup coverage on Fox Sports 1.
Mike is also an accomplished sports car racer, winning races at Lime Rock, Pocono, Watkins Glen and New Hampshire, and has competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. In 2012, his drive in Historic Trans-Am at Laguna Seca won the Bonham's Cup, and in 2013, he won a Historic Trans-Am race at Lime Rock.
Now living in North Carolina with his family, Mike restores vintage MGs, and retains his New England roots as CEO and equity partner in New England Racing Fuel Inc., distributor of Sunoco Race Fuels.