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Motorsports: Watkins Glen racing center brings Cary Agajanian to speak

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Cary Agajanian, notable for being an influential yet behind-the-scenes figure in motorsports, will speak at the International Motor Racing Research Center on July 19. The announcement was made via press release from the IMRRC on Thursday, July 3.

Agajanian - motorsports attorney, promoter and race car owner - will speak at 1 p.m. The talk is free and open to all.

According to the IMRRC, the talk will include tales about the speaker's legendary father, J.C. Agajanian, race promoter and owner of the Ascot Park speedway in Los Angeles and a race team owner known for developing the careers of talented drivers. The elder Agajanian earned two Indy 500 wins, one in 1952 with driver Troy Ruttman and the second in 1963 with Parnelli Jones.

Cary Agajanian currently co-owns an IZOD IndyCar Team with Bryan Herta Autosport, which included the winning car driven by Dan Wheldon in the Indianapolis 500 in 2011.

Agajanian’s lifelong immersion in motorsports has also given him experience as a sanctioning body director, event promoter, race track owner/operator, driver representative, legal counsel and competition rules committee member. He initiated the founding of numerous racing boards, funds and organizations to aid various groups within the auto racing industry.

In the mid-1990s he founded Motorsports Management International, LLC, one of the largest motorsports representation firms in the United States. Agajanian is known for representing a young Tony Stewart as he launched from USAC into the Indy Racing League and eventually NASCAR.

Agajanian’s talk is part of the monthly Center Conversations series. It is free and open to all. The Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

The next speaker in the Center Conversations series will be historian Steve Zautke on the Milwaukee Mile on Oct. 18. On Nov. 8, author Michael Martin will speak about on the United States Road Racing Championship race series of the 1960s.

The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation of the history of motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs, fine art and other materials.

For more information about the Center’s work and its programs, visit its website or call (607) 535-9044.

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