Jim Wheeler Earns the John McGill Award

Jim Wheeler with his 2018 Mid-Am Championship trophy at the 2019 Kansas City Region SCCA Awards Banquet.

Long-time member of the Kansas City Region, Jim Wheeler, was honored at this year’s SCCA National Convention during the Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony as the 2019 recipient of the John McGill Award. The SCCA National Club Racing Board (CRB) and the Vice President of Road Racing select the winner of the John McGill Award in recognition of the recipient’s significant contributions to the Road Racing Program. Jim went to his first SCCA event in 1958 and first competed in an SCCA autocross event in 1969. He began his road racing career with a driving school in Wentzville, MO in 1975 and has since competed in nearly 300 races. Jim has also been involved in various leadership roles both at the regional level with the Kaw Valley Race Group as well as serving on the CRB including being its Chairman for several years.

Jim Wheeler in his Firebird at the Kansas SpeedwayNeedless to say, Mr. Wheeler is an extremely worthy recipient of the John McGill Award and we’re honored to have him continue to provide leadership in our region. So next time you come out to one of our road races whether as a driver, crew, worker, or just as a spectator, be sure to look for Jim’s blue and white #20 Firebird, cheer him on and tell him thank you. I’m sure that if you come to one of our General Meetings or Race Group Meetings, he wouldn’t turn down a congratulatory martini, either. Congratulations, Jim, and thank you!

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