NATIONAL MOTORSPORTS PRESS ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME (NMPA)
In 1972, this mother of three boys found herself the sole support of the family. The local newspaper was hiring. The door to the future was opening.
A friendship began with a sports writer needing art for a special racing section surrounding the Darlington Raceway’s twice a year events. Jeanne produced the art, and the second step toward the future was taken.
An introduction to the public relations staff once again moved things forward. A position in the credential office at the Darlington Raceway needed to be filled. Fourteen years later, many art works displayed, introductions to those big and small in the sport of NASCAR racing, a career was established combining a love for art and a love for racing.
Work with credential offices grew to include Daytona and Talladega. Commissions for creating portraits began in Darlington, when UNOCAL and the NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) contracted Jeanne to create graphite portraits for each of their distinguished inductees. As of 2007, there are 79 Inductees into the NMPA Hall of Fame in Darlington, SC.
National Motorsports Press Association 2006 Inductees
Barney Hall (1922 - )
Barney Hall was working for a radio station in his hometown of Elkin, NC, when he got a job as the public address announcer at the track in Bristol, Tenn. Within a couple of years, he was working for what became Motor Racing Network, where he still works today. For nearly five decades, his well-known voice has brought excitement and knowledge of the sport of NASCAR racing to its fans.
Maurice Petty (1939 - )
Maurice Petty was head engine builder for more than 30 years at Petty Enterprises, and helped guide his brother, Richard, to 198 of his NASCAR-record 200 career wins.
Petty helped his brother win seven championships, seven Daytona 500s and 120 poles. He also made 26 starts as a driver at the Winston Cup level, with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes between 1960 and 1964.
Petty says he has been working on retirement for about 10 years, but there isn’t one date when he “officially” retired. However, when he turned 62 he started getting “rocking chair money.”