IMRRC Council Member Rogers Dies Jan. 8
Marolyn Rogers, a member of the International Motor Racing Research Center’s Governing Council for 15 years, died Monday, Jan. 8, in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She was 85.
“Marolyn cared deeply about the Racing Research Center and was always thinking of ways to enhance our success,” IMRRC Executive Director Tom Weidemann said. “We at the Racing Research Center will truly miss her.”
Rogers worked in registration for IMSA for 13 years, including several years as chief registrar. She retired from IMSA in 1992. Rogers also worked for Bill Warner and the Amelia Island (Fla.) Concours d’Elegance in its first several years and with RM Auctions at its Concours at Amelia Island.
The Road Racing Drivers Club recognized her contributions to motorsports by making her an honorary member.
“Marolyn has been pillar of the IMSA racing community for many, many years. She was IMSA’s most proficient and efficient registrar. Her ability to handle the egos and demands of race-car drivers, owners and officials alike was almost legendary,” Road Racing Drivers Club President Bobby Rahal said.
“She was one of the first faces you would see when arriving at a racing event, and she made you feel important and welcome. It takes a special person to do that job, and she was the best. We will miss her love for the sport and those within it,” Rahal said.
Rahal also serves as president of the IMRRC Governing Council
Rogers’ late husband, Rear Admiral Bob Rogers, U.S. Navy (Ret.), led the initial campaign to raise funds to build the Racing Research Center, which opened in June 1999. She was a significant partner in that effort.
Rogers served on the IMRRC’s Governing Council starting in 2001, with a bylaws-required one-year absence in 2011.
Originally from Statesville, N.C., Rogers developed her great interest in and love for the world of sports car racing beginning in 1976, when she attended the Daytona 24-Hour race. As registrar for IMSA, she got to know the teams and the corporate sponsors.
“I loved being involved in that arena! It’s like stepping into another world entirely when you go off to a race weekend. And then, on Monday, you go back to the ‘other’ world! The friends I made throughout those years are still good friends today,” Rogers said in an interview in 2001.