Mario Andretti Day proclaimed in Watkins Glen

Thursday, Aug. 31, will be Mario Andretti Day in the Village of Watkins Glen -- the day he is honored at the Corning Museum of Glass with the annual Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

Andretti, considered by many to be the greatest driver in the history of racing, has a special place in the hearts of village residents and fans of The Glen, officials said.

At their regular meeting on Aug. 21, the village board of trustees enacted a proclamation honoring Andretti of Nazareth, PA.

“Mario Andretti spent many years racing at the Watkins Glen Race Track and getting to know many of the Watkins Glen local residents,” the board’s proclamation states.

“Mario Andretti has been considered one of Watkins Glen’s ‘Home Town Drivers’ for many years,” it continues.

The proclamation declares Aug. 31 as Mario Andretti Day and also recognizes Andretti as an honorary citizen of the village.

Mayor Sam Schimizzi will present the proclamation to Andretti on Thursday evening before Andretti receives the Argetsinger Award from the International Motor Racing Research Center.

The IMRRC, located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, is a motorsports archival and research library. The annual award honors Cameron Argetsinger, founder and organizer of the first races in Watkins Glen.

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