Mario Andretti To Receive Argetsinger Award

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Mario Andretti is set to receive IMRRC's 2017 Argetsinger Award. (IndyCar Photo)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Mario Andretti will be honored on Aug. 31 by the International Motor Racing Research Center with the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

Andretti is considered by many to be one of the greatest race car drivers in the history of the sport, posting victories at virtually every level of motorsports in a career that spanned five decades.

Andretti will receive the Argetsinger Award at a gala dinner presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen Int’l and IMSA. The dinner, which is open to the public, will be at the Corning Museum of Glass in nearby Corning, N.Y.

The dinner precedes the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Watkins Glen Int’l.

The 2017 award will be the fourth presented by the IMRRC. Chip Ganassi was the inaugural recipient in 2014. Richard Petty was the 2015 honoree and Roger Penske was cited in 2016.

The award memorializes Cameron R. Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen almost 70 years ago.

“Watkins Glen’s impact on auto racing can’t be measured, and we have Cameron Argetsinger to thank. This award represents the influence he had on our sport, and to follow Chip Ganassi, Richard Petty and Roger Penske to receive the Argetsinger Award is a tremendous honor,” Andretti said.

Andretti has supported the work of the Racing Research Center since its opening in 1999. He serves on the Center’s Drivers Council and twice has been chairman of the annual membership campaign.

“The Racing Research Center is doing valuable work, taking care of the history of racing. The collections are a great source of information, and they’re always expanding,” Andretti said. “This success shows that we in racing understand how important the work is, and I’m proud to have been involved with the Center from the beginning.”

Bobby Rahal, chairman of the IMRRC’s Governing Council, described Andretti as “an icon of the world, let alone the sport of auto racing.”

“The name Mario is immediately recognized around the globe, in the same way other one-name celebrities have become household words, such as Elvis and Pele,” Rahal said. “It’s a privilege for the IMRRC to honor Mario with the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award. His impact on the sport for more than 50 years cannot be measured.”

The Cameron R. Argetsinger Award Dinner is open to the public, but tickets are limited. The ticket price is $250 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at http://bit.ly/2nAaWIW or by calling the Racing Research Center at (607) 535-9044.