The City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Grand Prix Association will add Willy T. Ribbs and Oriol Servia to their Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday.
Ribbs, a native of California, and Servia, a native of Catalonia, who lived in Southern California for most of his open-wheeled career, will be inducted in a ceremony led by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, ahead of the IndyCar season finale the the city’s coastal streets.
“Willy T. Ribbs and Oriol Servia have both made history as drivers, and it is a privilege to welcome them back to Long Beach and honor them on the Motor Sports Walk of Fame,” he said. -he declares.
For Ribbs, Long Beach played an important role early in his career as a race on the undercard for the Formula 1 event in 1978 and again in 1982, when he won pole position in the race. Formula Atlantic and led, which raised his stature as a talent. on the rise.
More importantly, Long Beach also hosted the first start of Ribbs’ CART IndyCar series, which took place in 1990 with the Raynor Motorsports team and kicked off its historic race the following year where he became the first Afro driver. -American to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
Servia’s history at Long Beach spans Indy Lights, CART, Champ Car and the NTT IndyCar series, with which it has taken 13 starts. Although not racing this weekend, Servia will be active behind the wheel of a Honda Civic Type R as the driver of the IndyCar race car.
“Both drivers demonstrated extraordinary racing talent and their contributions to motorsport here and around the world are undeniable,” said Jim Michaelian, President and CEO of the Long Beach Grand Prix Association. . “It is an honor for us to recognize their exceptional career as a member of the Motorsports Walk of Fame.”