Hylton to be inducted into Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame

  • Dec. 12, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS -- Peter Hylton, a race car driver and professor at IUPUI, will be inducted into the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame.

Hylton, an associate professor of mechanical engineering technology and director of Motorsports Engineering, is among six people who will be recognized as the 2014 Hall of Fame class at the Sports Car Club of America annual convention March 8 in Charlotte, N.C.

The Hall of Fame inductees were selected for their contributions to the motorsports industry as a whole, and to Sports Car Club of America in particular, according to a Sports Car Club of America article. The accomplishments of the 2014 class, along with the previous Hall of Fame inductees, are the building blocks that have given the club its elevated stature in the world of motorsports for 70 years, the article said.

Hylton's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the Sports Car Club have made him a champion of the organization, and he has preserved details of the club's history that could have, potentially, been lost to the ages, the article said.

“Among his accomplishments, Hylton was instrumental in the founding of the very Hall of Fame of which he now becomes enshrined," the article said. "He held numerous leadership positions in the Indianapolis Region SCCA and served on the Club's Board of Directors. His role as SCCA archivist helped countless individuals learn the history of their race car, and uncover hidden jewels. Hylton has penned two books: 'Ghost Tracks: A Historical Look at America's Lost Road Racing Track' and 'Sports Car Club of America 60 Years in Pictures.' Not just focused on the past, Hylton directed the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' Motorsports Technology program to spread his motorsports knowledge and passion to college students.”

IUPUI became the first university in the United States to offer a bachelor's degree in motorsports engineering. Approved in 2008, the program prepares graduates for careers in the motorsports industry, as well as automotive-related companies. The focus is on teaching fundamentals of engineering and includes hands-on projects that involve designing, analyzing and building of actual systems.

Richard Schneider