Agajanian – motorsports attorney, promoter and race car owner – will speak at 1 p.m. The talk is free and open to all.
The talk will include tales about his 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.
As co-owner of Bryan Herta Autosport, Agajanian was part of the team that won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with driver Dan Wheldon.
Agajanian’s lifelong immersion in motorsports also has 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 www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044.