Watkins Glen International announced Thursday that former IMSA President Scott Atherton will give the command to fire engines for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen next Sunday to kick off the return of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance race following a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We look forward to welcoming Scott back to Watkins Glen to help us get the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen started,” said WGI President Michael Printup.
“His leadership in motorsports helped this race rise to the level of prominence it currently enjoys and we’re excited to honor that dedication.”
Atherton’s nearly 35 years of leadership in motorsports spans the industry, including serving as President of IMSA for 20 years until the end of 2019.
He was also President and CEO of Panoz Motor Sports Group for many years and co-led the American Le Mans Series through the merger with the Grand-Am under the IMSA banner in 2014.
Additionally, he previously served as President at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Nazareth Speedway and Auto Club Speedway.
Atherton remains on the Board of IMSA and is an Advisor to the IMSA management team, which is now led by John Doonan.
“I am honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen,” said Atherton.
“I have a deep connection to the sports car racing community, much like Sahlen’s has to The Glen. That loyalty and commitment is very special in motorsports.”