WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Chip Ganassi, who fields teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Verizon IndyCar Series and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, will be honored on Aug. 7 by the International Motor Racing Research Center at the Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass.
Ganassi will receive the inaugural Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for his outstanding contributions to motorsports. Often referred to as the father of American road racing, Argetsinger was a visionary who, in 1948, conceived, organized, and drove in the first post-war road race in America through the roads of Watkins Glen. He brought Formula One to Watkins Glen Int’l in 1961 and the circuit hosted the United States Grand Prix for 20 years. He was president of the IMRRC for five years, until his death in 2008.
NASCAR, International Speedway Corp. (parent company of Watkins Glen Int’l), and WGI are the presenting sponsors of the first IMRRC Award Dinner, the proceeds of which will benefit the IMRRC, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to be the world-class leader in the collection of materials representing the documentary heritage of amateur and professional motor racing.
“We are privileged to have NASCAR, ISC and WGI support the IMRRC Award Dinner honoring Chip Ganassi,” said IMRRC President J.C. Argetsinger. “NASCAR and its partners have done a tremendous job in promoting world-wide awareness of the sport we’ve loved for so long. And Chip himself has put his heart and soul into the success of every team he owns, and it shows.”