The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) was honored with the Gordon Martin Award from the Motor Sports Press Association (MSPA) last night during the organization’s 49th annual Awards Dinner at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville.

The Sonoma chapter of SCC, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway that has distributed more than $4.1 million to Sonoma County youth groups since 2002, received the organization’s top honor in recognition of its dedication to the community and history of grants to non-profit youth organizations. 

The award, named for the late and highly influential motorsports editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, acknowledges broad contributions to motor sports.  This is the second Gordon Martin Award for the raceway in the last decade.

“This is a great honor for Speedway Children’s Charities, and we’re delighted to be recognized by the MSPA,” said Denise Silver, coordinator for the Sonoma Chapter of SCC.  “There is much need in Sonoma County, and we look forward to working even harder in 2012 to help our community.”

In addition to the Gordon Martin Award, the MSPA presented a variety of other awards on Wednesday night, including Open Wheel Racer of the Year to Sausalito’s JR Hildebrand (INDYCAR) and Road Racing Sports Car Driver of the Year to Sacramento’s Joey Hand.

The Motor Sports Press Association is a not for profit journalism organization comprised of  writers, broadcasters and photographers who cover all forms of racing in Northern California and who annually recognize the achievements of professionals in motorsports throughout the region.