Argetsinger Named Grand Marshal of Inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Watkins Glen, NY (September 14, 2005) -- Cameron R. Argetsinger, the founder of the first ever road-race in Watkins Glen, NY, has been named the Grand Marshal for the ...
Argetsinger Named Grand Marshal of Inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix
Watkins Glen, NY (September 14, 2005) -- Cameron R. Argetsinger, the founder of the first ever road-race in Watkins Glen, NY, has been named the Grand Marshal for the Inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Argent Mortgage. Argetsinger will be responsible for issuing the command to the IndyCar Series drivers to fire their engines and prepare for the 60-lap race on the historic long-course at Watkins Glen International on September 25 for the first time in history.
Argetsinger, the current President of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, shared his thoughts about the return of open wheel racing to The Glen, "I am gratified personally, and I know that fans of The Glen feel the same, to see open wheel, single-seater racing return after 24 years."
Speaking from experience, Argetsinger expects the IndyCar Series to have a thrilling race, "The first lap of the first Watkins Glen race in 1948 was led by George Weaver in his Grand Prix, single-seater, open-wheeled Maserati. That opening lap spectacle gave The Glen fans a taste of what was to follow with the United States Grand Prix, run here from 1961 to 1980. And here it is again."
Watkins Glen International is also honoring Argetsinger's legacy in Watkins Glen by titling the winner's trophy the "Cameron R. Argetsinger Trophy," a prestigious sterling-silver cup, named after the American road-racing enthusiast who brought the sport to Watkins Glen in 1948. Each year the race champion at The Glen will be added to the nameplate at the base of the trophy. A sterling-silver replica will be awarded to each race winner.
The Inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Argent Mortgage, September 23-25, will also feature the Menards Infinity Pro Series Corning 100, and the Grand American Rolex Series Crown Royal 250. For tickets, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 866-461-RACE, log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com, or stop by The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.