American motor racing icon Leo Mehl has been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which finally honors Mehl with due recognition for his contribution to motor racing in America and around the world.
Leo Mehl is known primarily for his role as head of Goodyear's competition activities. He joined Goodyear way back in 1959 and was directly responsible for the rubber company's success in open-wheel racing. He became head of Goodyear's F1 program in 1967 and stayed in that job all the way through 1996, covering nearly 30 years. Towards the end of his tenure at Goodyear, he was placed in charge of all of the company's racing activities worldwide. After that he left the tire business to become Tony George's right-hand-man, assuming the roles of executive director of the newly-formed Indy Racing League and vice-president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mehl's induction is into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, located in Novi, Michigan – not to be confused with the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame (located in Comstock Park, Michigan) or the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (located in Talladega, Alabama).