Established by The Racing History Project, the Peter Bryant Challenger Award celebrates excellence in motorsports engineering.
First presented in 2010 at the "Legends of Riverside" event at the Riverside Raceway Museum, a
year after Peter Bryant’s passing, the lexan and titanium permanent award pays
homage to the work that he did in the technical and design side of the racing
“We wanted to be able to remember Peter Bryant and his many contributions
to motorsports by recognizing and honoring the people behind motorsports
engineering,” said RHP founder Dave Wolin.
“Not only was Peter a great designer and engineer, he was a genuinely hale fellow, his
love and enthusiasm for our sport was almost contagious, he was captivated with
the art and science of our sport.”
There have been nine awardees named so far. Formula One driver and car builder Howden
Ganley was the 2010 recipent, followed by the legendary Phil Remington
Designer Engineer Bruce Burness
was the 2012 choice, followed by Trevor Harris in 2013 and Tyler
Alexander in 2014. Porsche racing guru
Alwin Springer was the choice in 2015.
Master mechanic Ike Smith and Dan Gurney were co-awardees in 2016 (one at the beginning of the year and
one later in ’16). Gurney, far more
celebrated for his driving prowess and not degreed as an engineer, had a huge
influence on race car engineering working with the designers and fabricators on
his fabled Eagle race cars. In 2017 race
car fabricator / restorer Joe Cavagleri’s name was added to the unique roll call
This year’s awardee will be Jimmy Dilarmarter, long time crew chief for Parnelli Jones Racing.