Watkins Glen Racing Center, SAH partner for 2nd Argetsinger Symposium


Photo: One of the presentations at the Argetsinger Symposium will be “Vincenzo Florio and the Origins of the Targa Florio: 1904 – 1906.” This photo shows George Pope in an Itala 35/40 in the inaugural Targa Florio race in Italy in 1906. Photo courtesy of RAPIDITAS, the official Targa Florio magazine.



The International Motor Racing Research Center is again partnering with the Society of Automotive Historians for an academic symposium on racing.

The second annual Jean S. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, at the Racing Research Center, 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor.

This academic forum offers graduate students, professors and historians an opportunity to present on any subject reflecting the rich cultural history of motor racing. The public is invited to attend, and pre-registration is not required.

Dan Simone, curator of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, will give the keynote address on Saturday.

Presentations will cover topics ranging from racing in Cuba, racing by early electric vehicles, 1962 and 1963 NASCAR Grand National Champion Joe Weatherly, the 1923 Italian and European Grand Prix and NASCAR and its TV ratings. One of the more unusual topics will be “Goodbye Four Hooves, Hello Four Wheels: Automobile Polo, the Forgotten Motorsports Pastime.”

Eleven papers will be presented. Because of the high number, two will be presented on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Saturday’s schedule will begin at 10 a.m., with the keynote address planned for 1 p.m.

All sessions are open to the public. A detailed schedule can be seen on the Center’s website..

Pat Yongue, a professor in the University of Houston English Department and an expert on women in racing, will be the symposium moderator. Yongue is a member of the SAH International Motor Sports History Section, which is partnering with the Racing Research Center.

Don Capps, chairman of the SAH International Motor Sports History Section, said the need for this type of academic symposium is apparent in the response in just the second year of the event.

“The interest in motor racing is part of what we term the ‘cultural turn’ in how we interpret the past. It is one way in which historians can provide a richer, more nuanced view of that past, thereby rendering a more accurate, undistorted story of not only our sporting past, but aspects of our world in general,” Capps said. “That we have so many academic historians and independent scholars showing an interest in this topic is truly encouraging.”

The symposium, which debuted in 2015, is named in honor of Jean S. Argetsinger, who was present with her husband, Cameron, when he revived road racing in America after World War II and later brought the United States Grand Prix for a successful 20-year run at Watkins Glen. She was one of the founders of the Racing Research Center.

“The Center is not a museum, nor is it an entertainment facility. The Center collects, preserves and distributes automobile racing information, which makes for a fascinating history,” said Argetsinger, who is a member of the Center’s Governing Council. “The IMRRC welcomes the presence of these scholars of the sport.”

Racing Research Center collections encompass race series and racing venues worldwide. The Center is the repository for several organizational archives, including the Road Racing Drivers Club. The Center owns the archives of National Speed Sport News and the archives of John Bishop, co-founder of IMSA and manages the Sports Car Club of America national archives.

The international Society of Automotive Historians encourages research into any aspect of automotive history. The SAH actively supports the compilation and preservation of papers, organizational records, print ephemera and images to safeguard, broaden and deepen the understanding of motorized, wheeled land transportation through the modern age and into the future.

For more information about the SAH, visit the website http://www.autohistory.org. To learn more about the International Motor Racing Research Center, visit http://www.racingarchives.org.


Watkins Glen Racing Center receives John Fitch archives

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Photo:  John Fitch drives an MG-TD at the June 10, 1950 races at Linden Airport in Linden, N.J.

The remarkable life of racer and engineer John Cooper Fitch is reflected in the myriad of items that recently were presented to the International Motor Racing Research Center.

The gift from Fitch’s sons, John, Christopher and Stephen Fitch, significantly enlarges the John Fitch Collection created at the Racing Research Center in 1999, when papers were donated relating to his career as a safety designer and consultant, with particular emphasis on the Fitch Inertial Barrier and the displaceable guardrail.

Fitch died on Oct. 31, 2012, at the age of 95.

“The collection reflects John Fitch’s remarkable and varied life as a talented international race car driver, an innovative inventor of road and driver safety equipment, a designer of racing and production cars and an author who shared his exceptional story through his books,” IMRRC archivist Jenny Ambrose said.

“We are honored to serve as the largest historical repository of materials related to John Fitch. He is a critical figure during the exciting years of post-World War II international road and sports car racing,” Ambrose said.

“His impact is felt outside racing circles through his contributions to road safety and automobile design. We look forward to sharing artifacts and papers that celebrate his life with researchers, visitors to the Center and racing fans.”

The Racing Research Center is an archival and research library dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the materials of motorsports, all series and all venues, worldwide. Researchers interested in the Fitch materials and other materials in the Center’s collections should contact Ambrose at jenny@racingarchives.org.

The recent family donation was facilitated by Larry Berman, Fitch motorsport historian.

“Since I started going to Formula 1 races at the Glen in 1964, the preservation of history was obvious to me,” Berman said. “To carry this forward, the IMRRC has developed a world-class reputation, which motivated me to obtain the Fitch archives donated by his family.”

Souvenirs of Fitch’s phenomenal success as a professional driver – including boxes of trophies in the form of silver cups, bowls, platters and plaques marking his victories in more than 20 races throughout his 18 years of racing – arrived at the Center’s storage facility earlier this month.

Fitch became the first Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Champion in 1951, claimed a victory at 12-Hours of Sebring in 1953, won his class in Mille Miglia in Italy in 1955, and was awarded a golden jubilee Tourist Trophy at Dundrod in Northern Ireland the same year. He won five major international road races, including the first Buenos Aires Grand Prix in Argentina in 1951.

In addition to his trophies, the Fitch collection contains a series of race files containing photographs, clippings, entry lists and race programs reflecting his participation in almost 140 races on three continents, from the first post-World War II road race at Bridgehampton in 1949 to his last professional race at Sebring in 1966.

A significant portion of the Fitch material now housed on the Center’s shelves documents Fitch’s work as an inventor. Design drawings, technical specifications, patents, testing documents and marketing materials reflect his work on his most well-known innovations, including the inertial barriers, barrels that protect drivers from dangerous hazards at exit ramps and bridge abutments; the Driver Safety Capsule, a compartment in a race car that surrounds and protects drivers in the event of a collision; and his devices and treatments for improving fuel economy in cars and ships.

The collection also contains Fitch’s proposals and correspondence promoting dozens of design concepts and plans for inventions never developed, including the Fitch Survival Vehicle designed in response to 9/11. Fitch’s involvement with design, development and promotion of racing and production cars is documented by correspondence, technical reports and publicity and sales materials related to the Corvair Sprint, Phantom, Phoenix and Firebird cars.

Fitch shared his remarkable life story through his own writing and through collaboration with other authors. His collection contains numerous drafts of manuscripts as well as correspondence with writers, editors and publishers. His papers capture work in progress on Fitch’s biography “Racing Through Life” (1993), authored by James Grinnell, and his own writing for his book “Racing with Mercedes” (2005), recounting his participation as the first American member of the extraordinarily successful Mercedes-Benz race team.

This generous donation from his sons to the Center of an additional 50 cubic feet of artifacts, documents and photographs joins and complements Fitch material in the Center’s holdings acquired through previous gifts from other donors.

In 2000, Fitch historian Berman presented the Center with his detailed research documenting Fitch’s race history, which he compiled as a result of working with Fitch to organize his papers.

“It was an honor to have been John Fitch’s friend and his motorsport historian,” Berman said.

Carl Goodwin, author of “They Started in MGs: Profiles of Sports Car Racers of the 1950s,” has donated papers relating to Fitch’s career as a safety designer, consultant and advocate. These materials contain extensive correspondence and articles reflecting Fitch’s ongoing involvement with safety issues and product development, including his work on displaceable and compression barriers, his receipt of safety awards recognizing his contributions to the field, and his first press conference on racing safety devices 1996.

Fitch collaborator Ken Berg also has donated a collection of Fitch materials to the Racing Research Center. Berg co-authored papers with Fitch for presentation to the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2006 and 2007.

Most recently, lifelong friend Art Evans, a motorsports writer and photographer, has donated his collection of Fitch articles, materials and photographs.

For more about the work of the International Motor Racing Research Center, visit the website http://www.racingarchives.org.



Gov. Cuomo announces IndyCar extends new run at Watkins Glen Int’l

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup, New York State Senator Tom O’Mara, IndyCar President Jay Frye, and IndyCar driver Will Power were all on hand at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y. on Thursday, August 25, 2016 to announce that the IndyCar American open-wheel professional racing series will not only return to Watkins Glen International this year but also in 2017 and 2018 and possibly beyond.

Cuomo indicated that the state is going to help with promotional efforts:

“With IndyCar coming back, Watkins Glen now has a major series in every division. You have a major IMSA race, a NASCAR race, and now an IndyCar race. This is going to be an agreement for at least two years that IndyCar is going to be there. We’re going to participate in the promotion of IndyCar over the next two years and we believe it’s going to be a relationship that is much longer than that.”

Printup noted:

“In the end, this was the goal of both Watkins Glen International and INDYCAR – to announce a multi-year agreement. We are very much looking forward to next weekend’s Grand Prix at The Glen, and can’t wait to get started with our efforts to grow this event moving into the 2017 season.”

Printup continued:

“Of course, this would not be possible without the outstanding support that we receive from New York State and Governor Cuomo. It’s just a great day and a very exciting announcement for our fans and partners.”

State Senator Tom O’Mara praised Watkins Glen International as a first-class attraction in the Finger Lakes Region, and a boon to New York State in general.

“The excitement just keeps building for the return of IndyCar racing to The Glen on Labor Day Weekend and so today’s news that we can look forward to this racing for at least two more years is just outstanding. Our thanks to Governor Cuomo and his team for their continued support of racing in Watkins Glen.”

Following the cancellation of the planned Grand Prix of Boston, Printup and Frye announced in Indianapolis that the series would return to Watkins Glen International September 1-4, Labor Day weekend, on a one-year deal that would fill the open date on the schedule. Hopes ran all along, however, that a multi-year deal would be able to be negotiated.

Tickets are available for INDYCAR’s return to Watkins Glen International – September 1-4 – featuring both the Indy Lights and the Verizon IndyCar Series.

For tickets — call 1-866-461-RACE or visit http://www.theglen.com for more information.




[Video: Courtesy New York State Governor’s Press office.]

Lotus experts to speak at Watkins Glen racing center, Aug. 13

Lotus, Jim Clark, IMRRC AP Collection

[Image: Jim Clark, British world driving champion in a works Lotus, left, has the pole position at the start of the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch on July 11, 1964. Britain’s Graham Hill in a works BRM and Dan Gurney of the United States in a Brabham Climax fill out the front row. Clark led from start to finish, averaging 94.11 miles per hour. (photo from the IMRRC’s Associated Press Collection)].

The fine folks at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y., send Motor Sport Muse the below press release:

 Lotus Experts Speaking at IMRRC Aug. 13

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 28, 2016) – Two renowned experts on Lotus with a combined 50-plus years with the British car company and race team will speak at the International Motor Racing Research Center on Aug. 13.

Bob Dance and Richard Parramint will speak at 2 p.m. at the Racing Research Center at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. Their talk comes during the Englishmen’s summer visit to the United States.

“Lotus Cars and Team Lotus over the Decades,” free and open to all, is sponsored by Lotus of Western New York in Amherst, N.Y., and the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. The talk is part of the IMRRC’s ongoing Center Conversations series.

The Center staff notes that the starting time of the August talk is later than the usual monthly time to help talk attendees avoid traffic congestion related the Watkins Glen Italian American Festival parade at noon.

Dance had more than 50 years in racing, working with legendary drivers such as Mario Andretti, Jim Clark and Graham Hill. Just under 30 of those years were with Team Lotus. Parramint had almost 20 years at the factory and corporate levels.

“The experiences that Bob and Richard had with Lotus during what many consider to be the ‘golden years’ of racing are going to be the foundation of a talk that our friends have been really looking forward to,” IMRRC Executive Director Tom Weidemann said. “Lotus is imbedded in Watkins Glen’s racing history, and we’re pleased they’re going to be sharing their stories with us.”

Weidemann said Center staff is hoping to have vintage Lotuses on display, side-by-side with the new models being brought by Lotus of Western New York.

Dance has spent the last 50-plus years in motor racing at the highest level. Working with drivers Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Ronnie Peterson, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and, of course, securing the 1978 Formula One World Championship for Mario Andretti. Starting at Lotus in 1960, he moved to March Racing in 1969 and was seconded to STP to work with Andretti. Two years, later Bernie Ecclestone asked him to join Brabham, where he remained until Lotus founder Colin Chapman managed to persuade him to “come home” to Lotus, Dance said.

The following 17 years were spent at Team Lotus, until its demise in 1994.  Dance then was asked to join TOM’S Toyota, where he stayed until Clive Chapman, son of Colin, asked him to “return home once again.” Recently turning 81, Dance now works three days a week for Clive, primarily running Jim Clark’s World Championship winning Lotus 25.

A fan of Lotus for the last 53 years, both road cars and Team Lotus, Parramint joined the factory in England in 1968, building Elans, Europas and Elan +2s. After a few years, new challenges called, so he left a Lotus and went into the world of sales. During 2000 Parramint returned to, he said, “help out” the Lotus Driving Academy, resulting in him looking after VIPs and corporate clients, ensuring that they completely understood Lotus DNA.

“A change of CEO in 2014 confirmed it was time for this ‘Lotus Expert’ to move on,” Parramint said.

He now runs a very successful business, Positive Speech, coaching people in public speaking, which has taken him around the globe speaking and training.

The International Motor Racing Research Center, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, is an archival and research library dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the materials of motorsports history, of all series and all tracks, worldwide.

For more information about the Center and its work, visit the websitewww.racingarchives.org. The Center is also on Facebook and Twitter.

NASCAR: 2016 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen to feature ‘Ben Hur’ star driving pace car


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Watkins Glen International sent the following press release on Friday, July 29, 2016:

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 29, 2016) – Jack Huston, star of the upcoming epic action adventure “BEN-HUR” from Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, will drive a 2016 Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It™ 355 at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 7.

This will be Huston’s first time serving as an Official Pace Car drive at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and will greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions.

“I am excited to join NASCAR and get behind the wheel of today’s modern chariot.” said Huston.

“BEN-HUR” is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army.  Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery.  After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption.  Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.  The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Pilou Asbaek, Sofia Black D’Elia and Morgan Freeman.

Timur Bekmambetov directed the film from a screenplay by Keith Clarke and John Ridley. Sean Daniel, Joni Levin, and Duncan Henderson served as producers, with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Keith Clarke, John Ridley, and Jason F. Brown serving as executive producers. “BEN-HUR” will be released in theaters on August 19, 2016.

Huston previously starred for four seasons in HBO’s hit series, Boardwalk Empire, as the sniper with the horribly disfigured face, ‘Richard Harrow’. In 2013, Huston appeared in the critically acclaimed and award-winning film American Hustle, where he played mobster ‘Pete Musane’. Additionally, he starred as ‘Young Ira’ in George Tillman Jr.’s film adaption of the Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Watkins Glen International August 4-7 for the Cheez-It™ 355 race weekend, which also features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bully Hill Vineyards 100, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Zippo 200 at The Glen. Tickets for all of the action are available by calling 1-866-461-RACE or by logging on to www.theglen.com.

Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, call 866-461-RACE or visit www.theglen.com.

Formula 1: 2016 German Grand Prix TV, streaming schedule

Germany flag

Formula 1 goes to Germany this weekend for the German Grand Prix on July 31 at Hockenheim. When and where can Americans watch free practices, qualifying, and the race itself?  Motor Sport Muse has the schedule down below for you!

According to NBC, the grand prix will be broadcast on NBCSN in the United States starting at 7 a.m. Eastern.

All times listed below are Eastern.

Friday, July 29:

4 a.m. — Free Practice #1 — NBCSports app (livestream)

8 a.m. — Free Practice #2 — NBCSN-TV

Saturday, July 30:

5 a.m. — Free Practice #3 — NBCSports app (livestream)

8 a.m. — Qualifying — NBCSN-TV

Sunday, July 31:

7 a.m. — German Grand Prix Race — NBCSN-TV


Going in to the German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton now leads the Drivers’ Championship with 192 points.  His teammate Nico Rosberg is now in second with 186 points.


Formula 1: 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix TV, streaming schedule

Hungary flag

Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, July 24, 2016 — the race marks the 11th contest of the season. When and where can American fans catch the race, qualifying, and free practice sessions on television and via live streaming?

Via NBC, here is the schedule, below — note that all times listed are Eastern:

Friday, July 22, 2016:

4 a.m. — Free Practice 1 — NBCSports App Streaming Live

8 a.m. — Free Practice 2 — NBCSports App Streaming Live

11 p.m. — Free Practice 2 (re-airing) — NBCSN-TV

Saturday, July 23, 2016:

5 a.m. — Free Practice 3 — NBCSports App Streaming Live

8 a.m. — Qualifying — CNBC-TV

Sunday, July 24, 2016:

7 a.m. — Hungarian Grand Prix — NBCSN-TV

10 a.m. — “F1 Extra” post-race program — NBCSports App Streaming Live


Going in to the Hungarian Grand Prix, according to Formula 1, the leader in the Drivers’ Championship remains Mercedes pilot Nico Rosberg with 168 points and 5 wins.  Just one point behind in second place is his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, with 167 points and 4 wins. Standing in third at the moment is Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari with 106 points.

Mercedes continues its domination of the Constructors’ Championship with 335 points, according to F1. In second and third are Ferrari with 204 and Red Bull with 198.

The American team, Haas F1, currently stands in 8th place in the rankings. Haas driver, Romain Grosjean, has 28 points for 10th place, while Esteban Gutierrez has yet to score a point this season.

Formula 1 has one more race in fairly quick succession — the German Grand Prix on July 31 — before taking its summer break, returning for the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28.



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Roger Penske receives Argetsinger Award from Watkins Glen Research Center

The International Motor Racing Research Center presents the 2016 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports to Roger Penske on June 30, 2016, at the Corning (N.Y.) Museum of Glass. From the left are Duke and J.C. Argetsinger, sons of Cameron Argetsinger, Penske and Bobby Rahal, Indianapolis 500 champion and chairman of the IMRRC Governing Council. (photo by Angelo Lisuzzo; provided by the IMRRC.)

Corning, N.Y. —

Team owner, racer, and businessman, Roger Penske, a man who has been involved with motor sports for over 50 years, received the 2016 Cameron R. Argetsinger Award from the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) at a banquet in his honor Thursday evening, June 30, 2016. The event that brought motor sport royalty from several areas of the sport to pay tribute to Penske was held at the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) in Corning, NY, about 20 miles south of Watkins Glen.  Previous recipients of the award have been Chip Ganassi in 2014 and Richard Petty in 2015.

Following a cocktail reception outside, the capacity audience in the museum banquet facility saw a video explaining the work and mission of the IMRRC. The research library contains over 700 collections and more than 90,000 professional photographs of motor sport, along with many other items.

Just announced that evening the IMRRC was pleased to let the audience know that it will now manage all 73 years’ worth of archives for the 68,000-member strong Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). While the donated archives are an invaluable asset to motor sport history, the need for more physical space for the IMRRC to continue its mission could not be made more clear.

While they had dinner and conversation, those in attendance also watched a rolling slide show of archival photographs of Penske and his drivers over the years.  Penske’s victories to the date of the dinner included 433 major wins, 499 pole positions, 28 national championships, and 16 Indy 500 wins.

His leadership over time has earned him the nickname “The Captain,” and his successes, as one tribute noted, have made him the “winningest car owner in motor sport history.”  Penske has employed over 85 racing drivers and currently leads 53,000 people in his transportation and other businesses.

Master of ceremonies for the evening was ESPN television commentator, Dr. Jerry Punch, who used his skills to both provide continuity for what was happening throughout the evening and to provide context for the respective guests and video tributes that the audience would see and hear.

Among those in person offering tributes to Penske were: Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International (WGI); Scott Atherton, president and COO of IMSA; Jay Frye, president of IndyCar Competition and Operations; Lisa Noble, president of SCCA; and Walt Czarnecki, executive vice president of Penske Corp. and vice chairman of Team Penske.

Current and former Penske racers in attendance included IndyCar racers Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves. Between the two of them, the drivers represented seven Indy 500 wins.


Those providing remarks via video included NBC Sports’ Formula One commentary team: David Hobbs, Leigh Diffey, and Steve Matchett and several former and current racers including:  Dan Gurney, Jim Hall, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser Jr., Parnelli Jones, George Follmer, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Sam Posey narrated a video presentation of Penske’s career.

Other highlights of the evening included an auction of a commissioned painting by motor sports artist, Randy Owens, that depicted Penske with several of his memorable cars over the years. The painting sold for $27,500 with the proceeds going to the IMRRC.
The actual presentation of the Argetsinger Award, a large engraved glass bowl, was made by J. C. Argetsinger and his brother Duke, both sons of Cameron R. Argetsinger, who revived road racing in the United States in Watkins Glen in 1948 as well as Indy 500 Champion and Chairman of the IMRRC Governing Council, Bobby Rahal.  Remarking on Penske’s skills as a racer in the early days, J. C. Argetsinger noted that Penske had taken pole position at Watkins Glen in the 1959 Formula Libre race — a race that was later won by Stirling Moss.
In the various discussions and interviews, Penske was asked about his relationship with fallen racer, Mark Donohue. He said that Donohue put his team on the map, that he was “underwhelming in terms of personality,” but that he was high on commitment and was one  understood technology. He gave the team epic wins.
“He was like a brother to me,” Penske said. “I’ll never forget him.”
Asked by Punch about how the new Argetsinger Award winner’s interest in motor sports all started, Penske said, “I loved cars,” and that his father took him to the Indy 500 when he was 14 years old. “I always wanted to compete,” he said.
He said he is “most proud of my family.” What drives him every day is “to try to be better.”  His father used to tell him, “Effort equals results,” and he has tried to live by that maxim.
The evening closed, and guests were given a gift bag to take home that included J. J. O’Malley’s 2009 book, Daytona 24 Hours: The Definitive History of America’s Great Endurance Race, published by David Bull Publishing.


Asked to sum up his impressions of the evening, IMRRC Governing Council Member, Larry Kessler, a businessman from Rochester, N.Y. said, “The IMRRC is gratified by the support we have received from the motor racing community who came out to an oversold house to pay homage to Roger Penske and his 50 years of excellence in motor racing.”

The award and event’s sponsors included: NASCAR, ISC, WGI, IMSA, Sahlen’s, Corning Incorporated, Bosch, Corning Auto Glass, Chip Ganassi Racing, Elmira Savings Bank, Paul Miller Auto Group, Porsche, SCCA, Sunoco, Welliver, and Glenora Wine Cellars.


The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials. The Center is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

For more information about the Racing Research Center’s work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call 607-535-9044. The Center also is onFacebook and Twitter.

Formula 1: 2016 British Grand Prix TV, streaming schedule

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Below is the American TV and streaming schedule for the Formula One 2016 British Grand Prix, per NBC Sports:

Friday, July 8, 2016:

  • 5 a.m. Free Practice 1 — NBC Sports live stream app
  • 9 a.m. Free Practice 2 — NBC Sports live stream app
  • 3 p.m. FP2 Re-air — NBCSN


Saturday, July 9, 2016:

  • 5 a.m. Free Practice 3 — NBC Sports live stream app
  • 8 a.m. Qualifying — NBCSN


Sunday, July 10, 2016:

  • 7:30 a.m. British Grand Prix — CNBC


Going in to the British Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg and Mercedes still lead in both aspects of the series championship.



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Formula 1: Niki Lauda denies Lewis Hamilton damaged room

In a statement issued by Mercedes AMG Petronus on July 6, 2016, Niki Lauda said that comments he recently made about team driver Lewis Hamilton have been “blown wildly out of proportion.”

Here is the full statement from Mercedes, below:

06 July 2016


Statement on behalf of Niki Lauda

Following his appearance on a television discussion show on Servus TV recorded prior to last weekend’s Austrian GP, Niki Lauda would like to set the record straight and state the following:

  • Lewis Hamilton did not in any way damage a hotel room or his private driver room at the circuit during the race weekend in Baku; and
  • Lewis Hamilton did not lie about his relationship with team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Niki regrets any misunderstanding caused by comments that have been blown wildly out of proportion compared with the casual context in which they were made.


The statement comes ahead of the British Grand Prix, happening July 10, 2016.




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