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Ron McQueeney becomes Honorary Member of the Registry !

 

September 2007

It is our great privilege to announce that
Ron McQueeney, Director-Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Photo Operations Department
has accepted our invitation to join the Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Registry as an Honorary Member during the 2007 Corvette Pace Car Reunion in September.

Born in Denver Colorado, but raised in the Indianapolis Suburb of Plainfield, Indiana Ron started at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1972 as a staff photographer. In 1977 he became Director of the
Speedway's Photo Department.

His responsibilities to date have included staffing the photographers for :

  • The Indianapolis 500
  • The Brickyard 400 NASCAR event (starting in 1994), now called the "Allstate 400 at the Brickyard"
  • The Indy Racing League's traveling Photo Staff beginning in 1996
  • The US Grand Prix at Indianapolis starting in 2000 and ending in 2007
  • And the upcoming Red Bull Moto GP at Indianapolis motorcycle event beginning in September 2008.

Additionally, Ron oversees the massive (4 million + images and growing) photo archives dating back to 1909 when the Speedway was built. He is responsible for holding the Photo Safety meetings at all of the Indy Car events around the United States and in Motegi, Japan for the Indy Car Series Open Wheel events.

From the early 80's to the mid 1990's, Ron had directorships with several racing events including not only the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but the USGP's at Detroit (1982-1988) and Dallas (1984), All Penske Speedways including Michigan International, Nazareth Speedway, and the Cleveland GP at Burke Lakefront Airport to name a few.

His interest in Corvettes started early in life with his next door neighbor being involved in a Chevrolet dealership and driving an occasional "Vette" home once in a while. He bought his 1st Corvette, a
1975 Coupe in 1975, traded it for a 1978 Silver Anniversary edition in '78 and added a 1972 Coupe in '79. A 1995 Coupe was purchased in '95 and in 1998 Ron bought his 1st Pace Car edition which he still owns with his wife, Marsha.

When the Corvette is the Pace Car for the Indy 500 or any event at IMS, Ron will be one of the 1st to get the car for a series of photos for publicity use for both Chevrolet and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"After more than 36 years working at the Speedway, it is still a great thrill to see a Corvette Pace Car leading the field to the Green Flag" says McQueeney. "The car looks like it could just keep on going and win the race each year it paces."

Ron was gracious enough to accept the Honorary Membership presented by the Registry during the 2007 Pace Car Reunion and spoke to the group during our dinner in Indianapolis about his past experiences photographing Pace Cars over the years.

The Registry congratulates Ron on his Honorary Membership and thanks him as a key individual in helping to photo-document the history of our favorite Pace Cars, the Corvettes !