A two-time winner of both the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indianapolis 500, Fittipaldi said it will be "an honor" to share the limelight with "these two auto racing legends."
The race-winning Ford GT Mark IV that was entered by Carroll Shelby under the Shelby American Inc. banner in '67 will be displayed by Ford Performance at the cocktail reception, along with the "long-lost" trophy from that victory.
Edsel B. Ford II and Henry Ford III will also be in attendance.
This event marks the Road Racing Drivers Club's ninth consecutive annual banquet honoring auto racing's most influential leaders and champions, and will be held prior to the 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
"Ford Performance is happy to be joining other members of the industry in supporting the RRDC dinner this year," said Henry Ford III, global marketing manager, Ford Performance. "The opportunity to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt's Le Mans victory with the Ford Mark IV, as well as help honor Emerson Fittipaldi will make it a special evening. All three drivers have a history of winning with Ford power and we're pleased to be part of the celebration."
Ford returned to Le Mans in 2016 with Chip Ganassi Racing and the Ford GT in the LMGTE Pro Class, capturing the class victory. Ford will attempt to defend its title at Le Mans in 2017.
"We at the RRDC are thrilled to be part of this historic moment, as A.J. and Dan are reunited after 50 years to celebrate their outstanding Le Mans victory for Ford in 1967," said RRDC President Bobby Rahal. "We welcome Ford's support of the Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi and look forward to this momentous occasion."
The dinner's proceeds will help support the RRDC's young driver initiatives, including its groundbreaking SAFEisFAST.com program and the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has backed since 1997 and has been providing opportunities for talented young American race-car drivers since 1990.
The RRDC Evening with Emerson Fittipaldi Presented by Firestone will be held on Thursday, April 6, at the Hilton Hotel, 701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, Calif., with cocktails at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7:15 p.m. The event is very close to being sold out, and all tickets MUST be purchased in advance. For those who wish to attend, please contact Jeremy Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to be placed on the waiting list.