JANUARY 25, 2014
North Carolina resident John Stevenson, of Stevenson Motorsports, is the recipient of the 2013 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made during the traditional prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the Grand Marshal Dinner – which was held at the Daytona 500 Club and attended by 300 guests on Friday, January 24, 2014. From a short-list of four highly-successful team owners who competed in the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, a panel of motorsports professionals selected Stevenson. Stewart Wicht, President of Rolex Watch U.S.A., presented Stevenson with a specially-engraved Rolex Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht-Master timepiece to commemorate the honor. The award – supported by Gorsline Company, the premier insurer of high-risk professionals – has been presented to Bob Stallings (2010), Joe Sahlen (2011) and Peter Baron (2012).
“The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence is based around his ethics, his passion, and his mentality to do the right thing all the time,” said Harris Snodgrass, the son of Bob Snodgrass, who introduced Stevenson as the winner.
“The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence goes to a team owner or manager in the GRAND-AM series who best exemplifies the qualities that he was known for,” added Harris. “They include his integrity in life, business and in racing; his passion for the sport of automobile racing, and his love for cars.”
Stevenson’s #57 Camaro GT.R racked up four wins in 2013 (at Barber Motorsports Park, Road Atlanta, Belle Isle Park and Watkins Glen International) to place Stevenson Motorsports third overall for the year in the GT season standings – just one point out of second. His driving team of John Edwards and Robin Liddell were also third in the driver points for the season. In the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Edwards and co-driver Matt Bell in the #9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R, won at Road Atlanta and the Kansas Speedway to finish the season second overall in driver points, earning Stevenson Motorsports second overall in the GS team standings for 2013.
“This award is particularly significant to me as we all know Bob had a great passion for racing,” said Stevenson. “Bob was also a great car dealer for his entire life. I have 40-some years in the car business and great passion for racing, as you all do. I’ve got 10 years’ time in GRAND-AM – from driver to team owner. Along the way I’ve met some great people, have had some great drivers, and my fair share of impostors.” Stevenson concluded by thanking the team who helped him get to where his in on the race side, adding special thanks: “to my racing partner for many, many years, my wife Susan. Most of the time she endorses what we’re doing, but not all of the time.”
About Bob Snodgrass - Snodgrass, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 64, was president of Brumos Racing, and president and CEO of the Brumos auto dealerships in Jacksonville, Fla., where he lived for 35 years. As a team owner he had three Rolex 24 At Daytona wins (Brumos Racing has eight) and a total of 10 wins at Daytona. He was a driving force behind the formation of the Grand American Road Racing Association and the Daytona Prototype class. Born in Elmira, N.Y., he saw his first race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and was hooked. Famous for his humor and wit and an accomplished vintage-car racer, Snodgrass (and Peter Gregg, who owned Brumos Porsche from 1965 until his death in 1980) was instrumental in Brumos' entry into motorsports.
About Rolex Motorsports - Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces inhouse all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, science, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programs.
About Gorsline Company - Gorsline Company, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., pioneered the business of providing insurance for high-risk professionals. The company specializes in providing racing drivers and owners creative, custom designed insurance packages and estate planning strategies.