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Furman Kendall wins the Cobra replica

WATKINS GLEN—Furman Kendall, a Dundee resident and long-time supporter of the International Motor Racing Research Center, is the winner of the Center’s 2010 raffle car, a 1966 Cobra replica.  
Kendall’s winning ticket was drawn from more than 1,200 tickets on Dec. 4 by that day’s Center Conversation speaker, Dr. Fred Simeone of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.
 “You’ve got to be kidding me, I can’t believe it!” was Kendall’s response when contacted by Center Director of Marketing and Development Jon McKnight.
A lifelong resident of the area and a self-proclaimed hard-core race fan, Kendall attended his first race at the Glen’s “interim circuit” in 1955 with his father. He began working as a ticket seller at the track in the early 1960s so that he could get into the pits and “see the real action,” Kendall said.
Kendall’s favorite memory of those early years? The thrill of standing next to Graham Hill’s Formula One car on the grid.
“I was mesmerized by the gauges, the sound of the car and the fact that I was standing next to a real racing legend,” he said.
Kendall has attended numerous events at the track over the years, and he has been a Center Sponsorship Team supporter since 1999. He admitted to buying raffle tickets every year, never thinking he would win.


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