Forrest Lucas courtesy Lucas Oil

Forrest Lucas courtesy Lucas Oil

Congratulations to Lucas Oil co-founder Forrest Lucas on joining a long list of drag racing greats with his induction into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame on Thursday night at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center.

Lucas was part of the 2014 class of Hall of Fame members that also included John Abbott, Al Bergler, Frank Hawley, Tom Hoover, and Warren Johnson. A banquet was held in their honor Thursday night.

Lucas was honored for Lucas Oil’s commitment to drag racing through sponsorship of Sportsman racing, drivers and teams, tracks, and events.

For Lucas, the decision to become involved in drag racing was a simple one.

“I think I do have a little vision, but some of it is common sense, too,” Lucas said. “I looked out and said, ‘I want to be in front of all the people who are in the auto parts industry, where I want to sell my stuff.’ All the auto parts stores were playing in NHRA, so that’s where I want to be with the big guy. I did, and it worked.”

Lucas celebrated his enshrinement with wife Charlotte, son Morgan, and many others. He was joined Thursday night by many of the drivers he currently sponsors: Top Fuel legend Chris Karamesines, Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan, and Pro Stock Motorcycle riders Hector Arana Sr., Hector Arana Jr., and Adam Arana. GEICO/Lucas Oil driver Richie Crampton was also in attendance.