Sahlen’s Joins Tribute to Roger Penske June 30
Sahlen’s, the primary sponsor of the upcoming Six Hours of The Glen IMSA competition at Watkins Glen International, has joined industry stalwarts to honor Roger Penske with the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.
Penske, celebrating 50 years as a team owner this year, is being honored on June 30 with the Argetsinger Award at the International Motor Racing Research Center Award Dinner, presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA.
Sahlen’s, a family-owned producer of quality meat products since 1869 in Buffalo, N.Y., has signed on as a Diamond Sponsor of the event, which will be held at the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass in nearby Corning, N.Y.
“There is no individual who has accomplished more in and elevated the sport more than Mr. Roger Penske,” Joe Sahlen, company president, said.
Richard Petty, winningest driver in NASCAR, was the 2015 Argetsinger Award honoree. Team owner and former driver Chip Ganassi was the first recipient in 2014.
“It is not only an honor to have the generous sponsorship of Sahlen’s for our Argetsinger Award Dinner honoring Roger Penske, it is so wonderfully appropriate as the dinner precedes the start of the Sahlen’s Six Hour race weekend at Watkins Glen International the following day!” said Tom Weidemann, Racing Research Center executive director.
The Sahlen’s race is the sixth in the 12-event calendar of the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship organized by IMSA.
The award memorializes Cameron R. Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races at Watkins Glen. Argetsinger served as president of the IMRRC from 2002-07.
“As a longtime racing fan, sponsor and competitor residing in Western New York, WGI has been my ‘home’ track for over four decades,” said Sahlen, who, as a driver, has raced in three different classes of Grand-Am/IMSA competition: GT, GS and ST. “To have an entity such as the IMRRC in Watkins Glen is a tremendous resource for people to appreciate the history of motorsports while they in the present contribute to its history.”
The IMRRC Award Dinner is open to the public, but tickets are limited. The ticket price is $250 per person.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.racingarchives.org/order-tickets-now/ or by calling the Racing Research Center at (607) 535-9044.
Other event supporters include Corning Incorporated, Bosch, the Sports Car Club of America, Paul Miller Auto Group and Glenora Wine Cellars.
The family-owned and operated Sahlen Packing Company was founded in 1869 in Buffalo, N.Y. Today, in addition to being the name behind the Buffalo area’s favorite hot dogs and holiday hams, Sahlen’s has grown from its Western New York roots to offer products in more than 15 states. It is the official hot dog of the Buffalo Bills football team, Buffalo Sabres hockey team, Buffalo Bison baseball team, Western New York Flash women’s soccer team and the Charlotte (N.C.) Knights baseball team. Sahlen’s is the corporate sponsor of the Six Hours of Watkins Glen as well as racing’s Team Sahlen in amateur sports car racing. The team features Sahlen’s owner Joe Sahlen and Joe, Wayne and Will Nonnamaker.
About Roger Penske
Roger Penske is the founder and chairman of Penske Corporation, a closely-held, diversified, on-highway, transportation services company whose subsidiaries operate in a variety of industry segments, including retail automotive, truck leasing, transportation logistics, transportation component manufacturing and professional motorsports. Penske Performance, Inc. operations include teams competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series under the “Team Penske” banner. Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines for 50 years, cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced 420 major race wins, over 480 pole positions and 28 National Championships entering the 2016 season. The team has earned 16 Indy 500 victories, two Daytona 500 wins, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. More than 80 drivers have raced for Team Penske.
About the International Motor Racing Research Center
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 www.racingarchives.org or call 607-535-9044. The Center also is on Facebook at International Motor Racing Research Center.