Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup Speaking at IMRRC Feb. 27

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Feb. 17, 2016) – With the start of its 2016 race season approaching, Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup will be at the podium at the International Motor Racing Research Center on Feb. 27.

Printup will discuss the famed race track’s $12 million repaving project and the upcoming season. He also will look to the historic facility’s future. WGI’s Opening Weekend is April 15-17.

Printup’s talk is part of the IMRRC’s Center Conversations monthly speaker series. The free talk will begin at 1 p.m., and all are welcome. The Racing Research Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

“With so many things happening at Watkins Glen International this year, highlighted by the debut of our new racing surface in April, this is a great opportunity to update everyone as to what they can expect ahead of an exciting 2016 season, among other topics,” Printup said.

Since its 1956 move from downtown streets and town roads to property in the town of Dix, the 3.4-mile road course has an unbroken history of hosting car races. Even during the 1980s years when the facility had no public events, club racing continued.

For 20 years, Watkins Glen was the home of the United States Grand Prix, and today it boasts record crowds and television viewership for its annual NASCAR competition. Last year, Watkins Glen International was selected in a USA Today readers’ choice on-line poll as the best NASCAR track in the nation.

Printup, originally from Hamburg, N.Y., has served as WGI president since June 2009. He also oversees Michigan International Speedway, where he was senior director of facility management, before going to WGI. Both tracks are owned by the International Speedway Corp.

Printup first joined ISC in 2000 as vice president of Americrown Corp., a position he held until 2005. In March 2015, Printup was given managerial oversight of Americrown, ISC’s motorsports catering, concessions and merchandise sales arm.

The Racing Research Center is an archival library dedicated to the preservation and sharing 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” and on Twitter at “@IMRRCatWG.”

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