WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Jan. 29, 2014) – Western New York’s Holland International Speedway will be the subject of a talk Feb. 8 at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen.
The 1 p.m. free talk is part of the annual Center Conversations speaker series that offers insider presentations on a wide variety of topics in racing.
Upcoming Center Conversations talks will include land speed record competition, Formula 5000 racing and the Milwaukee Mile. Details will be announced as they are finalized.
Holland International Speedway, located in Erie County south of Buffalo, is one of NASCAR’s longest-sanctioned tracks. Known as “Thunder in the Hills,” Holland is the subject of a recently released pictorial-format book from Arcadia Publishing as part of its NASCAR Library Collection.
Book authors Tim Bennett and Larry Ott will be joined in their talk by champion driver George Skora III. The presentation will include showing many of the 200 photos included in their book.
Bennett is general manager at Holland, which was co-founded in 1960 by his father, Ronald Bennett, Richard Knox and Gordon Becker. Ronald Bennett continues to serve as track president.
“I started my career picking up garbage at the age of 7 and worked my way up through all positions. You name it, I did it,” Bennett said.
Ott is a motorsports columnist for The Buffalo News and has covered races at Holland since 1985, after years of attending races. He also has done motorsports television work for various networks, including Time Warner Cable.
“Over the last few years I have gained a great deal of respect for the mission of the Racing Research Center and the tremendous effort and devotion of the staff,” Ott said. “I look forward to the Conversation series event. I am truly honored and proud to have been invited to speak at this one-of-a-kind research facility.”