Economaki To Be Honored In Watkins Glen

Chris Economaki spent many years as a broadcast announcer for ABC. (NSSN Archives Photo)
Chris Economaki spent many years as a broadcast announcer for ABC. (NSSN Archives Photo)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Chris Economaki, the late dean of American motorsports, will be celebrated June 15 at the International Motor Racing Research Center.

“A Tribute to Chris Economaki” will feature a panel comprised of Economaki’s daughter, Corinne; Leo Levine, retired automotive industry executive and author; and Judy Stropus, noted motorsports publicist.

“Chris Economaki’s accomplishments are with us every day at the Center. We consistently use his National Speed Sport News archives to answer research requests or for our own work,” Racing Research Center President J.C. Argetsinger said. “To pay tribute to this great journalist is a natural for the Center and to have his daughter and colleagues presenting his story is a great honor for us and our supporters.”

The free talk, part of the on-going Center Conversations speaker series, will be at 1 p.m. at the Center located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Economaki’s 70-year career in motorsports began when he sold his first issue of National Speed Sport News in 1934. He later began writing for the publication and eventually became editor and publisher, writing his popular “Editor’s Notebook” column for 60 years. Economaki died in September 2012 at the age of 91.

After nearly 77 years of continuous publication, NSSN issued its final weekly edition in March 2011.

The NSSN archives were donated to the Racing Research Center in August 2011, with funding from the Dyson Foundation.

Under the direction of Turn 3 Media LLC, the National Speed Sport News brand returned to the marketplace in the form of the monthly SPEED SPORT Magazine in March of 2012. The National Speed Sport News website hasn’t missed a day of reporting the breaking news in the motorsports world and continued to operate through all of 2011 and now functions alongside SPEED SPORT Magazine and other motorsports news platforms offered by NSSN.

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