J.C. Agajanian, one of motor racing's most successful promoters and team owners, has been selected to receive the sixth annual Eagle One-Shav Glick Award. The award is symbolic of distinguished contributions to motorsports in California. The ...
J.C. Agajanian, one of motor racing's most successful promoters and team owners, has been selected to receive the sixth annual Eagle One-Shav Glick Award. The award is symbolic of distinguished contributions to motorsports in California.
The award, presented by the car-care products company, is named in honor of the venerable motorsports writer of the Los Angeles Times. Previous winners were Dan Gurney, Wally Parks, Parnelli Jones, Rick Mears and Les Richter.
His sons, Cary, Chris and J.C., Jr., will accept the award during pre-race ceremonies at the NASCAR Auto Club 500, February 27, at California Speedway.
Agajanian, who died in 1984 at age 71, was the premier promoter of motor racing in Southern California for 25 years, beginning in 1959 as operator of Ascot Park, in Gardena. The track was the birth place of countless racing champions.
He promoted races throughout the U.S. for more than 50 years. Among them were 250 United States Auto Club events, ranging from midget races such as the traditional Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot, to numerous Championship Car races at state fairground tracks.
>From 1948 through 1971 his cars won the pole position for the Indy 500 three times, setting four track records, and won the race twice. The winning cars were driven by Troy Ruttman in 1952 and Parnelli Jones in 1963
Said Glick of Agajanian: "There has never been anyone in Southern California motorsports with the enthusiasm and savvy of Aggie. He was a legend at Ascot and other tracks and at Indy where the sight of his handsome Stetson brought an immediate response from the folks in the grandstands. Wherever he went, Aggie was an asset to racing and the fans knew it. His legend lives on. It is an honor to salute him with this award.
Judges included national and California motorsports writers and track executives.
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