The American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association is the oldest and largest organization devoted to auto racing coverage. Founded in 1955 in Indianapolis, AARWBA has grown to more than 400 members throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
An annual directory is published for the membership, and is made available to members online.
The American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters holds a breakfast meeting at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the Saturday before the race. AARWBA board members represent a cross-section of news media.
Each year the AARWBA members select a 7-driver All America Team from Open Wheel, Stock Car, Sports Car, Drag Racing, Short Track, Touring Series and At Large championship categories. A banquet is held to honor these drivers each January. The driver receiving the most votes is presented the "Jerry Titus Memorial Award™," which is AARWBA's "Driver of the Year" award. Jerry Titus was a member of AARWBA who was a motor sports journalist and a winning race driver.
Also announced at the All America Banquet is the winner of the Gorsline Scholarship, to an up-and-coming young driver who displays the attributes of a future champion and it is presented by John Gorsline of the Gorsline Company.
The Rick Mears "Good Guy" award is presented as a special reconition of media friendly racers.
The Bloys Britt Award is presented to a journalist for an unusual story from the media contest and the "Straight Shooters" Award is presented to a photographer, as selected by a AARWBA Photographers' Committee.
AARWBA also presents Special Awards to honor those who have made special contributions to motor sport.
The Association presents the humorous Jigger Sirois Award and the Angelo Angelopolous Sportsmanship Award at the annual Indianapolis breakfast meeting. Another award, given when merited, is the "Comeback Driver of the Year," which goes to the driver who comes back from adversity to race again.
AARWBA has established the Legends in Racing Auto Racing Hall of Fame, to honor those who have made motor racing one of the largest spectator sports in America.
To encourage excellence in the coverage of motor sports, media members submit their best work for the annual media contest. Categories are for written, broadcast, online and photographic work. Entries are judged by an independent panel from a major journalism school. The winners represent a true testament to the growth of the sport of auto racing.
For more information on AARWBA, Write to AARWBA or send U.S. Mail to:
American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association
922 North Pass Avenue
Burbank, CA 91505-2703
Telephone (818) 842-7005
Facsimile (818) 842-7020
Email: [email protected]