The Indiana Racing Memorial Association will unveil a historical marker in Fort Wayne to mark the contributions of K&K Insurance Group to the motorsports industry.
The unveiling will be at the K&K Insurance Group corporate headquarters, 1712 Magnavox Way, Fort Wayne, IN, 46804, at 12 noon Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in recognition of its 65th anniversary.
A Senatorial Resolution honoring the occasion will be presented to K&K by Sen. David Long, as will a mayoral proclamation.
Members of the media are invited to attend.
K&K Insurance was founded in 1952 by Nord Krauskopf and his wife Theodora (Teddi) to manage and market a benevolent fund for injured race car drivers. As racers themselves, the Krauskopfs understood the risks of the sport and designed insurance products to meet the unique needs of race organizers, teams, sponsors, and racetracks facilities. In 1966, the Krauskopfs began fielding a team for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series; Bobby Isaac and crew chief Harry Hyde led K&K Insurance to a dominating and popular championship win in 1970.
K&K’s famous #71 Dodge Charger short-track car, now on permanent display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Museum in Talladega, Georgia, will make a rare appearance in Fort Wayne to honor the occasion.
Following its success in the motorsports industry, K&K eventually applied its underwriting expertise to a series of industries, including professional sports, concerts, zoos, collegiate athletics, and more. It is now owned by Aon, Plc.
Famed Indycar driver Merle Bettenhausen, a member of the beloved Bettenhausen racing family that includes his father, Tony, and brothers Gary and Tony, Jr., will speak. Howdy Bell, the Turn 2 Voice of the Indianapolis 500, will act as Emcee.