The achievements of Chris Economaki, the late dean of American motorsports, will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15, at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
The free talk, part of the ongoing Center Conversations speaker series, will be at 1 p.m. at the Center located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, N.Y. It is open to all.
"A Tribute to Chris Economaki" will be led by a panel composed of Corinne Economaki, Chris' daughter and motorsports insider; Leo Levine, retired automotive industry executive and author; and Judy Stropus, noted motorsports publicist.
Economaki's 70-year career in motorsports spanned print reporting, track announcing, television commentating and book authorship. He wrote his popular National Speed Sports News weekly column, "The Editor's Notebook," for 60 of those years.
Economaki died in September 2012 at the age of 91.
The popular Center Conversations program has long been a cornerstone of the Racing Research Center's educational outreach and oral history initiative.
Speakers have included Donald Davidson,historian at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Doug Nye, writer and historian; Karl Ludvigsen, automotive industry insider; David Donohue, racer and son of famed driver Mark Donohue; Bobby Rahal, driver and team owner; and the late John Fitch and Bill Milliken, both legendary figures in road racing.
For more information about the Racing Research Center's work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call 607/535-9044.