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Eric Prill has won the Mark Donohue Award.
The award is presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club and is given for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the amateur Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championship Runoffs.
"When I started racing more than 20 years ago I never imagined that I might finish on the podium at the Runoffs, let alone win a National Championship," Prill said in an SCCA release. "It was never my goal back then. Racing has always been about spending time with my family and my friends."
The award is named for the great Mark Donohue, an RRDC member and former president. Donohue won his first National Championship in the SCCA E Production class in 1961 and went on to become one of the greatest drivers in U.S. history, winning the Indy 500, the Can-Am championship, three Trans-Am championships, and the IROC championship.
"I understand his significance in both SCCA and motorsports history," said Prill, of Topeka, Kansas, who serves as SCCA vice president and chief operations officer. "It's very humbling to be honored with the award bearing his name."
Prill won his first Runoffs on his 16th attempt, notching the victory in early fall driving an F-Production MaxtonsFight.org/JPM/Hoosier Mazda Miata at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Prill also has four runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes.
RRDC president Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion, emphasized that the Mark Donohue Award is "about personal spirit and performance behind the wheel."
"Those qualities are more important for this award than winning the race," Rahal said. "His passion for the sport he's embraced for so many years, as a racer and an SCCA employee, has never faltered."
Prill will receive the award at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24.
The Road Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1952 to give drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety.