Michael Argetsinger to Speak about Mark Donohue and the Ferrari 512M
(for immediate release – Aug. 13, 2010)
WATKINS GLEN, NY – Award-winning motorsports author Michael Argetsinger will present an in-depth look at the legendary Penske Racing Ferrari 512M, as raced by Mark Donohue, at the International Motor Racing Research Center on Saturday, Sept. 4.
His talk – accompanied by many rare photographs – is presented as part of the monthly series, Center Conversations. It will begin at 1 p.m. and is free and open to all.
The Center is located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.
“No less a figure than Ferrari Chief Engineer Mauro Forghieri called this car ‘the finest prepared Ferrari I have ever seen,’” says Argetsinger. “How the car – also remembered as the Kirk White Ferrari – was built, and its dramatic racing history, is one of motorsports greatest stories.”
Argetsinger is well-qualified to discuss Mark Donohue and his race cars. His 2009 book, “Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed,” swept the International Automotive Media Competition, winning Best Biography, Best Book and Best of Media for 2009.
The book was the first complete biography of Donohue, who redefined what it meant to be a successful driver in the 1960s and 1970s.
Argetsinger has followed up that endeavor with his newest book, “Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs,” released in July. The 160-page, full-color compilation recreates Donohue’s life through hundreds of photographs.
Many of the pictures were provided by the people who were closest to Donohue: his family, friends, and Penske Racing teammates. The book also offers some of the best work by the top motorsports photographers of the era.
Published by David Bull Publishing, both books will be available for sale at Argetsinger’s talk.
For more information: Mark Steigerwald, Center Director of Archives and Administration, (607) 535-9044 or by email at email@example.com
(Photo caption: Mark Donohue leads the race-winning Porsche 917K of Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Oliver in his Ferrari 512M at the 1971 24 Hours of Daytona)