Watkins Glen International
2790 Country Route 16
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Business Phone: 607-535-2486
Business Fax: 607-535-8918
Ticket Office Phone: 607-535-2481
Ticket Office Fax: 607-535-2344
a 2.45-mile paved road course.
It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
The length of the frontstretch is 2,150 feet and the length of the backstretch is 2,600 feet.
Track Width varies from 36' to 48' wide, averaging 38' wide
Grandstand Seating: approx 41,000
Length: 29 feet
Width: 20 feet
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2014 Race Winner: #47-AJ Allmendinger, 90.123mph, started 6th
Race Record: Mark Martin, 103.900mph, 8/13/1995
Slowest Race Record: Kyle Petty, 50.879mph, August 1992
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 8/10/2008 - 23 years, 3 months, 8 days
Oldest Winner: Geoff Bodine, 8/11/1996 - 47 years, 3 months, 24 days
2014 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 129.466mph, finished 34th
Track Qualifying Record: Marcos Ambrose, August 2014, 129.491mph (set in 1st round)
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th
Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 8/9/1998 - 27 years, 0 months, 5 days
Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 8/13/1989 - 47 years, 10 months, 1 days
Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart
Most Poles: 3 - Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 12 - Mark Martin
Most Top 10s: 16 - Mark Martin
Most Lead Changes: 14 - 8/11/1991 & 8/15/2011
Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 8/4/1957
Most Leaders: 12 - 8/13/1995
Fewest Leaders: 1 - 8/4/1957
Most Cautions: 8 - 8/14/1988, 8/12/2007 & 8/11/2013
Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/18/1965
Most Caution Laps: 36, 8/14/1988
Few Caution Laps: 0, 7/18/1965
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 34, 8/14/2005
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2, Twice most recently 7/18/1965
Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 8/10/2003
Fewest Running at the Finish: 11, 7/18/1965
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 83, Tony Stewart, 8/14/2005
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Ricky Rudd, 8/14/1988
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 17 - Chevy; 7 - Ford; 4 - Pontiac; 2 - Toyota; 1 - Buick; 1 - Mercury
Road Course Wins: All-Time
Jeff Gordon, 9*
Tony Stewart, 7*
Rusty Wallace, 6
Bobby Allison, 6
Richard Petty, 6
Ricky Rudd, 6
Darrell Waltrip, 5
Tim Richmond, 5
Dan Gurney, 5
David Pearson, 4
Mark Martin, 4
Ernie Irvan, 3
Geoff Bodine, 3
Tim Flock, 3
Cale Yarborough, 3
Kyle Busch, 3*
Cheez-It returns as sponsor at Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International and Kellogg Company announced Cheez-It renews its place as the title sponsor of The Glen's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. WGI's marquee event, Cheez-It 355 at The Glen returns August 6-9. This will be the company's third-consecutive year as the race's entitlement sponsor, while the iconic snack brand's parent company, the Kellogg Company, has been involved with NASCAR since 1991. "NASCAR provides a great way for Cheez-It crackers to reach our fans and Watkins Glen provides an amazing venue that is unlike any other," said Melissa Pawlowicz, senior director of integrated promotions for the Kellogg Company. "Cheez-It is proud to be associated with 'The Glen' and to play a role in bringing the excitement of the Cheez-It" 355 to life."(Watkins Glen International)(11-21-2014)
Watkins Glen International Set to Repave in 2015: Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup announced Wednesday that the historic track will conduct a repaving project in the summer of 2015. It is the first time the track will be repaved since 1998. The repave will begin with "The Boot" in July, followed by the short course immediately following the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in August. The repave is slated for completion in advance of the 2016 race season. "This is a significant project for Watkins Glen International, our competitors, fans and track rental customers," Printup stated. "The repave is a tremendous undertaking and next summer is the right time to begin this historic project and prepare The Glen for the future." Asphalt specialists and engineers conducted a thorough evaluation of The Glen's entire circuit and recommended the current timeline. Further details and project specifics will be released at a later date. As a result of the repave, the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver will take place July 24-26. Information regarding renewals and ticket sales will be shared with customers in the coming weeks. Fans will be able to witness the project from the Fans R1st Viewing Area in the Argetsinger Grandstand. That area will continue to be free and open to the public through the end of October. Fans will also be able to follow the progress of the project via Facebook, Twitter and TheGlen.com.(WGI)(11-5-2014)
NASCAR Returns to The Glen for 30th Consecutive Year: Watkins Glen International is proud to announce the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return for the 30th consecutive year on Sunday, August 9, 2015. The weekend will also feature the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 and NASCAR K&N Series Bully Hill Vineyards 125. "After an incredibly successful Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, we are excited to announce our date in conjunction with NASCAR for 2015," stated Michael Printup, Watkins Glen International President. "For all of our dedicated fans, sponsors, and media contingencies, I thank them for their continued support. The racing on the track keeps getting better each year and I'm already excited about 2015." 2014 was a major success for Watkins Glen International by all counts, as fans flocked to Upstate New York in nearly record numbers. Fans at home tuned in as well, as this year's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend saw an increase in television ratings for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races. Tickets for the 2015 season are expected to go on sale in late November 2014. Renewal information will be sent to 2014 ticket holders in early October, providing them with the first opportunity to purchase their seats and camping.(WGI)(8-26-2014)
Watkins Glen plans on safety improvements: This year's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International once again also featured a violent multi-car wreck -- something that has been a trend over the past few years at WGI. This time the incident occurred exiting the Carousel corner, when Ryan Newman's #31 hit the Armco barrier before shooting across the track and into the path of Michael McDowell's #95. After the two cars made contact, McDowell's car lifted in the air, hitting another Armco barrier, leaving a hole in the wall and causing a lengthy delay as crews made repairs. While both drivers were able to walk from their cars, Newman -- among other drivers -- heavily criticized the state of safety around WGI, saying the track has not adapted to the changes in safety developed over the years. Throughout the years, Watkins Glen has made a number of changes to the track, run-off areas and walls with the goal being to produce safer racing, including in the area of the track where Newman's incident occurred. After hard wrecks by the late Jason Leffler in the Nationwide Series and Sam Hornish Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series, the track paved the grass that was next to the track and adjusted the wall and barriers where both Leffler and Hornish had hit.
For WGI track president Michael Printup, "safety is obviously paramount" to WGI, saying the best thing about the Newman-McDowell incident was that all drivers walked away and nobody had to go to the hospital. While admitting there always is room for improvement and innovation, Printup said he does not fully agree with Newman's tough words. "I think Ryan's a little off in his harsh criticism, because it that was a SAFER wall -- like Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. said, you don't want to be hitting concrete," he pointed out. "Concrete stops you, the barrier gave; but there are definitely issues we have to address." For the record, Earnhardt Jr. actually called for concrete and SAFER barriers in that section of track, saying the Armco barriers were not enough.
"I'd love to have some concrete walls and SAFER barriers but it's a lot of concrete that would have to be put up here," Earnhardt Jr. said during the race's red-flag period that day. "We've been running through guardrails for 50 years, so I don't think they've got them perfected. They do the best they can and we're going way faster here than we used to go and so when the car bounces back out on the race track it's hard to avoid. And you're going to get slung into the guardrail and hit that thing harder than you would expect, but I don't know what else they can do. It would be too expensive to put walls around it and SAFER barriers and all that stuff. You trust in what they're doing and I'm glad nobody is hurt."
Printup indicated after that after the race at The Glen, he flew to International Speedway Corp. headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla., and spent three days working with ISC president John Saunders and the design team to address the issue. "We'll get the University of Nebraska up there, we'll get NASCAR up there, we're going to evaluate everything we can," he said. "We'll do whatever we need to do to make sure it is the safest track we can." While driver input is always a valuable resource when looking at safety innovations, Printup indicated they have to marry that up with the University of Nebraska safety experts, and let them take the lead. Hosting only one NASCAR race a year, Watkins Glen also features a host of other racing series, all of which use "the boot" section of the track that NASCAR does not. Any safety innovations implemented with an eye to the NASCAR weekend will also have implications for the other racing series as well. "There was some curbing there that made the back of that car hop. A lot people can't see it. It's a black-and-white checkered curbing that is about a seven-inch curb rise. So when the car hits it, it pops it up. So that was one thing we have to look real hard at and see if maybe that curbing doesn't need to be there. But for the road-course guys who race the boot, they want that curbing there. So, we have to figure out that happy medium." Serving as track president since June 2009, Printup understands that his lone NASCAR weekend each year has to not only put on a good show on the track, but also be accommodating for everyone involved -- and the results show his team is doing its best to get the job done.(in part from FoxSports)(8-22-2014)
Allmendinger wins at Watkins Glen: #47-A.J. Allmendinger won the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Watkins Glen, and 1st career win. He and Ambrose battled door to door for much of the final laps of the race.
#9-Ambrose finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #42-Larson, #99-Edwards, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #16-Biffle, #20-Kenseth, and #55-Vickers..
Pole winner #24-Gordon had electrical problems during the race and finished 34th, 3 laps down.
#14-Regan Smith, filling in for Tony Stewart, was involved in a late race accident and finished 37th.
There was a large wreck on lap 56 when #16-Biffle got off course and then came back on the track, causing #31-Newman to get into the back of Biffle and spin into the barrier. Newman's car then bounced back out into traffic and clipped McDowell, ripping the rear suspension out of McDowell's car and sending him into another barrier. Several other cars suffered some damage checking up or running through the debris. The race was red flagged for a total of 1 hour and 21 minutes while the track was cleared and the barriers were repaired.
There was another red flag of nearly 20 minutes for track clean up with 4 laps remaining when #11-Hamlin hit sand barriers at the end of pit road after a spin.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. (3 wins) takes the points lead, now 5 over #24-Gordon.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. still leads the Chase Grid with 3 wins and not 1st in points followed by #2-Keselowski with 3 wins, 4th in points.
There were 5 lead changes among 6 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 17 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 90.123mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Watkins Glen Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Watkins Glen Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Watkins Glen Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-10-2014)
Watkins Glen medical center named for Ernie Thurston: Watkins Glen International announced the dedication of their infield care center to area native and long-time safety and emergency services leader, Ernie Thurston. The naming of the Ernie Thurston Medical Center took place Friday morning at a ribbon cutting ceremony. After spending a lifetime in the service of others, Thurston passed away in November. A native of Watkins Glen, NY, Thurston returned to his hometown after serving as an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Shortly after his return, Thurston served as deputy sheriff and fire coordinator for Schuyler County, and held public office as a county legislator. In 1985, Thurston became the Director of Race Operation at Watkins Glen International. Thurston's wealth of knowledge and passion for safety and emergency services lead him to Daytona Beach, FL and International Speedway Corporation headquarters, where he oversaw all race facilities and events as Corporate Coordinator of Track Safety and Emergency Services. After many years of service, Thurston was posthumously named the 2014 Jim Bockoven Lifetime Achievement Award winner by NASCAR. The Jim Bockoven Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contributions of an individual made to the improvement of track services over the course of a career spanning 10 or more years. This award is not awarded annually, therefore the recipient's contributions must be considered to be exemplary.(WGI)(8-9-2014)
Rusty Wallace to join Watkins Glen Walk of Fame: Auto racing legend Rusty Wallace will be inducted into the Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame during a ceremony at 4:30pm Friday. The Rusty Wallace marker in the Drivers Walk of Fame is located in the sidewalk front of Unique Country Boutique, 212 N. Franklin St. in Watkins Glen. Wallace, who retired in 2005, had a career that included 55 NASCAR championship event victories, the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup championship, the 1991 IROC Championship and the 1983 American Speed Association Championship. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in February 2013. The Drivers Walk of Fame, located in the sidewalks of Watkins Glen, honors the drivers who have competed in Watkins Glen events since the first race in 1948.(Elmira Star-Gazette)(8-6-2014)
Kahne, Edwards and Ambrose set to appear Sunday in The Bog at The Glen: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fan favorites will appear in The Bog presented by Red Cat, on Sunday during Watkins Glen International's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend. Fans who purchase The Bog fan hospitality will have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions with #99-Carl Edwards, #5-Kasey Kahne, and #9-Marcos Ambrose. Located trackside near turn 11, The Bog presented by Red Cat includes preferred parking, interactive games and an all access fan hospitality experience featuring Fan Walk on Sunday, driver Q&A's and plenty of food and beverage. Tickets for the track's closest trackside fan hospitality area are still available.(WGI)(8-6-2014)
Earnhardt Jr. to appear at Watkins Glen Turn 1 Tavern: #88 National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is scheduled to address audience questions at Watkins Glen International during Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, August 7-10. This exclusive Q&A session is scheduled take place in the Turn 1 Tavern on August 10. Next to the towering Seneca Grandstand, the Turn 1 Tavern is a covered hospitality area located trackside, just outside the circuit's first turn. Fans who purchase a Turn 1 Tavern hospitality admission ticket will have the opportunity to participate in this highly sought after Q&A session with the #88 National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. In addition to this rare and wildly popular Q&A session, fans with Turn 1 Tavern admissions will enjoy food and beverages at a discounted rate all weekend long, along with a complimentary buffet lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Turn 1 Tavern hospitality admission provides fans with covered trackside viewing Friday through Sunday and may be purchased at www.TheGlen.com for just $75. Facility gate admission is not included with the purchase of Turn 1 Tavern hospitality.(WGI)(7-22-2014)
Calling All "Legends of The Glen": With over 65 years of legendary racing, Watkins Glen International is now accepting nominations from fans for the 2014 Legends of the Glen. Last year, Geoff Bodine and Otto Linton were inducted into the Legends of the Glen, joining 18 other distinguished individuals. Fans will need to act quickly as nominations are being accepted now until May 31st. Information on nominating a legend, go to theglen.com.(WGI)(5-27-2014)
Volunteer opportunities are still available at The Glen for 2014: With the 2014 season under way at Watkins Glen International, the historic race track still has volunteer opportunities for this season's events. The Glen is currently looking for volunteers for Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen (June 26-29), Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese (July 11-13), and Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (August 7-10). WGI donates to each non-profit group or charitable organization in acknowledgement for volunteering their time and energy. For info on how to apply and tickets for races, go to theglen.com.(WGI)(5-23-2014)
Watkins Glen expands camping options: Each year reserved camping for the Cheez-It 355 and Zippo 200 sells out, prompting Watkins Glen International to expand their offerings. This year, officials at WGI are proud to announce the expansion of Pit Road RV Camping. After opening and selling out in 2013, the expansion of the coveted Pit Road RV camping provides fans with the opportunity to camp on the infield of Watkins Glen International during the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. Located behind the Pit Terrance Grandstands, spots in this area are available with 50 amp electrical and water hook-ups for $1,315. Tents are not permitted. The weekend price is at a premium as Pit Road camping is the only paved campsite area available and in a prime location. Campers looking to enhance their Pit Road camping experience can also opt for the Pit Road RV Camping package which includes the typical Pit Road RV Camping amenities as well as four Pit Terrace Grandstand seats, four FanVision rentals, and four Sunday Fan Walk passes for $1,995. In addition to the newly expanded Pit Road RV Camping, Family Camping is still available and is highly recommended for guests with families who are interested in staying at The Glen and appreciate a quieter experience. Quiet hours are strictly enforced in this area to ensure a family friendly environment. Launched in 2011 and located outside the track, the Family Camping area has sold out each season for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen and continues to grow in popularity. Spots in this area can be reserved for $350 and do not have electric or water hook-ups.(WGI)(4-28-2014)
Be The Life of the Paddock at Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International is known for remarkable tailgating and this season's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen continues that tradition. WGI announced it is launching a NEW tailgate area for race fans, The Paddock Tailgate Park. Located in the North Paddock area, the Paddock Tailgate Park overlooks the existing Turn 1 Tailgate area behind the Pit Terrace Grandstand on the infield. "It is all about the fans at WGI and we know that our fans love to camp and tailgate," stated Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen International. "I have had the chance to personally meet a few of our tailgaters each year during the NASCAR weekend and I know they will be thrilled with this new section." For $250, customers purchasing Paddock Tailgate Park will receive one vehicle pass and 10 wristbands for guests to enter the new tailgate area. Track admission is sold separately. Each spot is paved and measures 15 x 40 feet. Paddock Tailgate Park will be open Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. until one hour after on-track activity ends. There is no camping or overnight parking in Paddock Tailgate Park. Paddock Tailgate Park fans are encouraged to take advantage of seats in the Pit Terrace Grandstand. Each adult Pit Terrace seat will receive a free FanVision rental. FanVision is a handheld device that provides in-venue content for fans at Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. With FanVision, race fans can enjoy live at-track broadcasting, up to eight in-car cameras, audio and video instant replays and much more! FanVision rentals are available for fans throughout the facility at an additional cost. Tickets are available by calling 866.461.RACE or at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(4-6-2014)
Zippo renews sponsorship of Nationwide race at Watkins Glen: Zippo Manufacturing Company recently signed their multi-year renewal of the Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series entitlement at Watkins Glen International. Zippo has been a premier partner of The Glen since 1993, and is currently the longest continuous sponsor of Watkins Glen International. Now in its tenth year, the Zippo 200 is the third longest running Nationwide Series race under the same name and sponsorship. This season marks the 10th anniversary of Zippo's entitlement of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race during The Glen's traditional NASCAR race weekend in August. Zippo Manufacturing Company is located in nearby Bradford, PA, approximately two hours to the southwest of the historic racetrack. Zippo has unveiled many of their new products at WGI during the NASCAR weekends, including the award-winning Zippo refillable handwarmer.(WGI)(3-4-2014)
Feel The Heat of Daytona at The Glen: Watkins Glen International welcomes all fans of NASCAR and The Glen to watch the Great American Race during a Daytona 500 Viewing Party in the Media Center on Sunday, Feb. 23. Doors open at noon and the race starts at 1 p.m. Admission at the door is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages six to 10. Children five and under receive free admission. There will be random drawings for door prizes throughout the day and a 50/50 cash raffle to benefit Autism Speaks. Buffet-style food service is available at no additional cost. The menu includes hamburgers, Sahlen's Hot Dogs, Yancey's Fancy Cheese, potato salad and chocolate chip cookies. All beverages are available for purchase at a discounted rate. There will be a silent auction that will feature items from The Glen, NASCAR Teams and WGI's valued sponsors, including, but not limited to: Cheez-It, Coca-Cola, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Toyota and Zippo. The silent auction is cash only. Tickets for all 2014 races are available by calling 866.461.RACE or at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(2-11-2014)
Watkins Glen accepting Fan Ambassador Applications: Watkins Glen International is currently accepting applications from those who are interested in becoming part of the WGI team as Fan Ambassadors. This is an exciting opportunity for passionate fans who are eager to get closer to the action and get a behind-the-scene look at the largest events that take place at The Glen. There is no better way to become part of the fun and excitement during the race season at WGI. Fan Ambassadors will have the opportunity to handle a wide variety of tasks, including, but not limited to: escorting corporate partners and VIP guests during garage and pit tours, greeting guests, providing assistance in The Glen Club and hospitality areas, assisting pace car ride participants, and helping with pre-race ceremonies on track and post-race in Gatorade Victory Lane.
"I have had the chance to get to know some of our Ambassadors since we started this program, and they love to help out during our busy weekends," stated Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. "Not only do we consider them to be an extension of our team, but our Ambassadors make a real difference...and they get to have a whole lot of fun!"
Fan Ambassadors will have the chance to enjoy a variety of incentives, including, but not limited to: weekend admission to WGI events, being among the first to know exciting track news, WGI event polo, and other special events. Fan Ambassadors are needed, during WGI's three largest weekend events, including: Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 26-29; Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese, July 11-13; and Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, August 7-10.
Fans who would like to join the WGI team as a Fan Ambassador need to fill out an application and participate in an interview process. The application and sending info can be found at theglen.com. The deadline to submit an application is April 1 with the first round of interviews taking place March 31 - April 5. The chosen Fan Ambassadors will have their first mandatory meeting in May.(WGI)(2-1-2014)
Watkins Glen International Tickets on Sale: Watkins Glen International 2014 tickets and camping are now on sale. For a limited time, those who buy early can save up to $30 by taking advantage of advance pricing. "We are excited to see that a majority of our loyal fans have already made plans to return next year for the Cheez-It 355," stated Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. Tickets went on sale December 16 and fans have been rushing to take advantage of the savings ever since. Located in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes region, The Glen will heat up during its first official weekend of summer, featuring the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen (June 26-29). In July, WGI turns from racing to tasting, with the Finger Lakes Wine Festival (July 11-13). In August, New York's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend returns, on its traditional race weekend (August 7-10), with the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen and Nationwide Series Zippo 200. Don't miss the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, a race that can make-or-break a driver's position leading into the Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup. Camping has always been a popular "ticket" to reserve at The Glen. The GEICO Reserved Campgrounds sold out in early February of 2013 for The Glen's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend and this year looks to continue that trend. Quantities are limited and fans looking to secure a campsite should call the ticket office immediately. Event specific information and a complete list of pricing is available at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(12-29-2013)
Attendance at Watkins Glen near record: Another thrilling finish and perfect race day weather kept a near-record crowd of NASCAR Sprint Cup fans entertained this weekend at Watkins Glen International. Kyle Busch held off a charging Brad Keselowski in the final turn of the 90-lap Cheez-It 355 at The Glen before a crowd that WGI president Michael Printup said was about 94,000, an increase of 3,000 over last year and one of the largest crowds in the 28-year modern history of the Sprint Cup event at Watkins Glen. "We beat the heck out of that number last year," Printup said. "The weekend was fantastic. The fans were happy and the drivers were happy." Printup's crowd statement gives an accurate gauge on NASCAR attendance at Watkins Glen for the first time. It has been a policy of the Glen's parent owner, International Speedway Corporation, Inc., not to give out attendance figures because it is a publically-held company. Instead, the media had to rely on NASCAR to provide crowd estimates at their race events, a policy that was dropped this year. NASCAR's estimates were not always accurate. Last year, they estimated 90,000 attended the Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen; Printup said it was actually 91,000. "We own our own ticketing system, so it's really easy to determine," he said. Printup had hoped to beat the attendance record, which he said was 94,300 in 2002. Rain and road closings on Thursday and Friday had a slight negative impact on an otherwise near-perfect weekend. The only issue Printup cited was some traffic snarls entering the track due to some signage mix-ups.(Elmira Star Gazette)(8-15-2013)
Angie Johnson, Grand Marshal of Cheez-It 355, sings Anthem: Sony Music Nashville singer Angie Johnson will perform the National Anthem prior to the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Sunday. Johnson, a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant, made it to the final round on Cee Lo Green's team on "The Voice" after garnering the attention of 3.2-million viewers on YouTube her rendition of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." Johnson will join Brad Davidson, president, Kellogg North America and Darcey Macken, president, Kellogg USA Sales to say the most famous words in motorsports, "Drivers, Start Your Engines," after the final note of the Star-Spangled Banner.(WGI)(8-11-2013)
Harvick to visit the Budweiser Turn 1 Tavern at The Glen: Watkins Glen International has partnered with Budweiser to enhance the fan experience of the Turn 1 Tavern; merging the two hospitality areas into the Budweiser Turn 1 Tavern. As part of the merger, Kevin Harvick will make an appearance in the Tavern prior to the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Sunday. The success of The Bog hospitality area led Watkins Glen to introduce the Budweiser Turn 1 Tavern in 2012 to provide fans in The Ninety, Seneca and Argetsinger grandstands a similar fan hospitality opportunity. Priced at just $75 for the weekend, the Budweiser Turn 1 Tavern includes buffet-style food service on Saturday and Sunday. A la carte food, at a discounted price, is available for purchase on Friday. Discounted beverages are available for purchase Friday through Sunday.(WGI)(8-2-2013)
Seats Still Available in McDonald's Family Grandstand at Watkins Glen: Located at the top of the Esses, the McDonald's Family grandstand is an alcohol- and smoke-free area for families to enjoy the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (August 8-11). As with all grandstands at Watkins Glen International, the McDonald's Family grandstand has an outstanding view of the track and has a SprintVision screen in front to catch all of the action. The Kid Zone is adjacent to the McDonald's Family grandstand, featuring giant inflatables, games, character appearances and prizes. Tickets for the McDonald's Family grandstand are $20 for children (12 and under), $25 for teens (13-19 years), and $80 for adults. Ticket pricing includes four-day general admittance and reserved seating on Sunday of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend. Tickets for The Glen are available now by calling 866.461.RACE or online at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(7-30-2013)
Busch to appear in The Bog before Cheez-It 355 at The Glen: Kyle Busch will entertain fans in The Bog at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, August 11, at the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. Fans that purchase The Bog hospitality have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the driver of the #18 M&Ms Toyota Camry. The Bog presented by Red Cat is located inside Turn 11. Guests are treated to a trackside view, Sunday morning cold pit access and motorsport personality Q&A sessions throughout the weekend. Patrons also enjoy upgraded food options and receive drink vouchers. For $150, guests enjoy all The Bog has to offer Saturday and Sunday. Saturday-only or Sunday-only passes are available for purchase for $85.(WGI)(7-22-2013)
Stricken former motorsports announcer heading home: Motorsports announcer and journalist Al Robinson, who suffered a massive stroke two years ago, is preparing to move back into his Waverly home thanks to a lot of help from friends and members of the racing community. Since May of 2011, Robinson has been living at the Elderwood Nursing Facility in Waverly. While his recovery has been long and arduous, he's now capable of living on his own. His house, however, needed to be updated for wheelchair access. Carol Houssock, who has been filling in for Robinson as co-announcer at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway, has spearheaded a recent push to raise money to build handicap access throughout his house. Among the work needed to be done included plumbing and the construction of an entry ramp. Houssock raised $900 at last month's Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour event at Shangri-La II after appealing to race fans for help. Houssock, who is the Director of the Chemung County Volunteer Action Corps, was able to arrange a group from her program to build the access ramp at Robinson's house earlier this month. Robinson, who spent several years in public relations for a NASCAR series [and Dover International Speedway for years] and has been a longtime announcer at Watkins Glen International, is expected to move back home at the end of this month.(Elmira Star Gazette)(6-14-2013)
Watkins Glen looking for Volunteer Organizations: Watkins Glen International is still in need of volunteer organizations for the 2013 season. The Glen is seeking assistance for the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy (July 12-14) and the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (August 8-11). Non-profit groups interested in volunteering their time will be among the many that receive donations from The Glen as a token of appreciation for the support. In 2012, Watkins Glen International and parent company, Americrown, donated over $80,000 to such organizations. Responsibilities of these non-profit groups include ticket stubbing, driving courtesy carts to aid fans, gate support, parking attendants, guest services and grandstand ushers. If your non-profit organization is interested in volunteering at The Glen this summer, please send an application more info at theglen.com.(WGI)(6-6-2013)
Reserved Pit Road Camping package created for Cheez-It 355 at The Glen: Watkins Glen International unveiled a new camping area that allows fans to get closer to the action than ever before for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. The Reserved Pit Road Camping is located behind the Pit Terrace Grandstands and is just a few steps away from all the exciting NASCAR action on pit road. Reserved Pit Road Camping features a paved 20' x 40' space with water and electric. Guests will receive a reserved camping spot, four weekend Pit Terrace tickets and four Fan Walk passes for just $1,995. This package is perfect for a family or group of friends who want to make the most of their Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend. Fans interested should act fast as space in this area is very limited. A dedicated sales representative has been assigned to handle this exclusive area and is available by calling 607-535-2486 ext. 322. In addition to being the most exclusive campground in the infield, Pit Road Camping is also the last remaining infield camping option. All other infield spaces are sold-out for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. Limited space remains available in GEICO Caveman Unreserved Campgrounds and Family Camping outside the track.(WGI)(4-28-2013)
New NASCAR Sprint Cup Road-Course Qualifying Procedure Announced: NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will implement the group-based road course qualifying procedure used in NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Touring Series competition during its road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International. Under the new procedure, cars will qualify in groups instead of the traditional single-car qualifying runs held on oval race tracks. "The change will add an exciting element to road-course qualifying," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Fans will be treated to new strategy and increased competition with several cars on track at once."
The new qualifying rules for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at road courses are as follows:
· Cars attempting to qualify will be divided into groups. The number of groups, and amount of cars in each, will depend on the number of cars that practice for the event.
· Group assignments will be based on final practice times.
· Each qualifying group will be on-track for a set period of time, determined by the Series Director.
· A car's best lap time during the group session will be the qualifying lap time of record.
· A group's time begins when the first car receives the green flag at the start/finish line.
"This is going to be a terrific new format for our NASCAR weekend," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. "It will intensify the action, with multiple cars on the track at the same time. It's a very positive development for our fans."
"The new format of qualifying at Watkins Glen International enhances the fan experience which is our top priority," said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen. "Qualifying on Saturday for our Cheez-ItTM 355 at The Glen is even more of a not-to-be missed aspect of a weekend of high-quality racing."
The new format will debut with the Toyota Save-Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23 and will return at Watkins Glen for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen on August 11.(NASCAR)(4-22-2013)
Watch The Daytona 500 at The Glen: Catch all of the action of the 2013 Daytona 500 while enjoying the luxuries of The Glen Club on Sunday, February 24. Watkins Glen International welcomes all NASCAR and Glen fans to join us for a Daytona 500 Viewing Party in The Glen Club. Doors to the exclusive Glen Club open at noon. Admission is $10 and free for children five and under. Tickets are only available for purchase at the door. There will be a buffet with discount beverages available for purchase. All attendees will have the opportunity to win an assortment of prizes and there will be a 50/50 cash raffle benefiting a local charity. Tickets for the 2013 season, including the Cheez-It at The Glen, will be on sale. Fans who purchase tickets prior to Opening Weekend (April 21-22) have the chance to save more than fans who wait until the season at Watkins Glen International has started. Tickets for Watkins Glen International's season are on sale and available at www.TheGlen.com and by calling 866.461.RACE.(WGI)(2-16-2013)
ISC reports dip in profits: International Speedway Corp. saw a year-over-year decline in both its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings and revenues, but the narrowing of the revenue decline for its core business operations to less than 1 percent has company officials encouraged. "We experienced leading signs of revenue stabilization this year," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in both a news release and Thursday morning conference call with stock analysts. ISC, which operates Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks around that country that host NASCAR races and other motorsports events, generated a net profit of roughly $54.6 million for its fiscal year, which ended Nov. 30, down from $69.4 million in fiscal 2011, and a fourth-quarter net profit of about $24.7 million, down from $26.5 million the same period the previous year. Its revenues totaled $612.3 million in 2012, down from $629.7 million in 2011, and in the fourth quarter it generated $189.4 million in sales, down from $191.9 million the same period the previous year. Kennedy said ISC had year-over-year increases in both revenues from broadcast fees, corporate sponsorships and food, beverage and merchandise sales at races, but "we continue to experience modest headwinds with admissions, not to the degree experienced in 2011, but enough to know we still have further inroads to make with our consumer."(full article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-25-2013)
Cheez-It sponsoring Watkins Glen race: Watkins Glen International announced that the Cheez-It brand has signed a multi-year agreement to be the title sponsor for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race starting in 2013. While the Cheez-It brand's parent, the Kellogg Company, has been part of the NASCAR landscape since 1991, this is the company's first race entitlement sponsorship. The Glen is not only a fan favorite, but is a circuit that drivers look forward to tackling. Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards will be looking to add a Sprint Cup victory at the track to his 2012 Nationwide win. Edwards will be piloting the #99 Cheez-It Ford Fusion for the race. Fans can purchase tickets and find out further information about the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen by visiting www.TheGlen.com.(1-15-2013)
Additional Advantages to Purchasing WGI Tickets in Advance: Watkins Glen International announced that fans who secure their 2013 Glen experience during the Advance Sale period may take advantage of newly offered payment plans. There is a Three Payment Plan and a 50/50 Payment Plan available for all camping and ticket purchases made in the Advance Sale period. Either plan may be used to purchase camping and tickets for any of the 2013 events at Watkins Glen International, including: Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen [June 28-30], Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese [July 12-14], NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen [August 8-11] and Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver [September 6-8]. More info on the plans and for ticket info, go to theglen.com.(WGI)(12-25-2012)
Beckman returns to Watkins Glen International: Watkins Glen International welcomes Jon Beckman as Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships effective January 7. Beckman, a native of Bath, NY, will oversee all facets of The Glen's sales and marketing departments and will report directly to President Michael Printup. Mike Eckert begins his new role as Senior Manager of Strategic Alliance immediately. Over the last 10 years, Beckman has worked at Nazareth Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and International Speedway Corporation in Daytona Beach, Fla. Beckman started at Watkins Glen International in 2002. Eckert, a six-year veteran of The Glen, will oversee all members of the partnership team at Watkins Glen International. His many years of strategic alliance experience will catapult WGI into the next generation of motorsports partnerships.(WGI)(12-18-2012)
Watkins Glen International Tickets on Sale: Tickets for the 2013 season at Watkins Glen International go on sale Monday, December 3. Fans can take advantage and save when purchasing WGI tickets during the advance sales period, ending Opening Weekend, April 21-22. The advance sales period for the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese continues through June 24. Purchase tickets by calling 866.461.RACE or by visiting www.TheGlen.com. Tickets are also available at The Shop, The Glen's Official Retail Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fans who visit The Glen's official website to make a purchase will enjoy a new streamlined site to select their campsites and seats for every event from Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen (June 28-30) to the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver (September 6-8).
Tickets for Watkins Glen International's season are on sale December 3 and available at www.TheGlen.com and by calling 866.461.RACE. Gift certificates, tickets, track merchandise and Thunder Road Tours are available at The Shop. The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (WGI)(12-1-2012)
Area Teens Learn About Safe Driving at The Glen: The sound of squealing tires and the smell of burnt rubber were in the air at Watkins Glen International Saturday (Nov 3rd) - all in the name of safe driving. For the sixth-consecutive year, the Tire Rack Street Survival Driving School brought local teens to WGI to learn the proper response to real-life driving situations behind the wheel of their own vehicles. Students from all across Upstate New York, including Corning, Rochester, Poughkeepsie, Ithaca and Vestal, participated in the all-day event.
"This is a school for early drivers to learn car control skills that will help them stay out of accidents in the future," Rick Zimmerman, Program Director said. "It makes driving safer for them and safe for others. If they are a timid driver, it will help them become more secure about the driving experience. If they are an aggressive driver, it will help them develop more respect for driving. For all teen drivers, it is an experience that will help them become better drivers."
Thirty students ranging in age from 16 to 18 learned the maneuvers of hard braking, skid control and accident avoidance from in-car coaches from the Genesee Valley BMW Club. Prior to jumping behind the wheel, students completed a half-hour training session in the WGI Media Center. Students completed a variety of exercises in their own vehicles to ensure they drove away with the understanding of their vehicle's limitations. New drivers went through a cone course to practice accident avoidance, a braking test to experience how their cars react to sudden stops and a circle course covered in sawdust to mimic a sudden change in road conditions. Following lunch and during a break of the Tire Rack Street Survival School, students took to The Glen's legendary twists and turns for a Thunder Road Tour. Held nationwide with nearly one hundred schools taking place in 50 locations in 2012, the Tire Rack Street Survival program is open to any person between the ages of 16 and 21. Parents or students looking for more information about this program are encouraged to visit www.streetsurvival.org.(WGI)(11-11-2012)
Little to no damage to tracks from hurricane: UPDATE: Racetracks that play host to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy do not report significant damage from the storm as of Tuesday morning. Dover International Speedway, which is less than 10 miles west from Delaware Bay and 45 miles northwest of Rehobeth Beach, Del., did not sustain any significant damage, track spokesman Gary Camp said Tuesday morning. Pocono Raceway, which is 100 miles west of New York City and about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, was without power Tuesday morning but only lost one of the steeples that towers above its grandstands, according to a tweet from track president Brandon Igdalsky. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, about 80 miles northwest of Boston and 50 miles west northwest of Portsmouth, reported no damage and no loss of power.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
UPDATE: Watkins Glen, a road course that covers more than 1,800 acres in upstate New York that is 250 miles northwest of New York City, suffered more than an estimated $50,000 worth of damage, according to track president Michael Printup. Part of victory lane was ripped apart, eight billboards were blown down, grandstand signage destroyed and building trim was damaged. Trees also were blown down by winds estimated at 60 miles an hour.(Sporting News)(10-30-2012)
Troops to the Track at Watkins Glen: NASCAR will honor veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post 2674 in Watkins Glen, N.Y., to Watkins Glen International on Sunday through an initiative called "Troops to the Track," which invites active duty, wounded warriors, veterans and military families to races throughout the year for NASCAR-style VIP experiences.(WGI)(8-12-2012)
Kirt Manwaring to Serve as Grand Marshal for Finger Lakes 355: Elmira, NY native and former MLB catcher Kirt Manwaring will serve as Grand Marshal for Sunday's Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen. More accustomed to hearing "Play Ball", Manwaring will deliver another infamous sports phrase this Sunday at Watkins Glen International; "Start Your Engines!" Drafted in the second round of the 1986 MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants, Manwaring spent thirteen seasons behind the plate for the Giants, Houston Astros, and Colorado Rockies; retiring in 1999. Manwaring won a Gold Glove with the Giants in 1993 in his most prolific season, also collecting the Willie McCovey Award that year. Manwaring has been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Horseheads High School where he was a baseball standout, ultimately receiving a full scholarship to Coastal Carolina University where he is also a Hall of Fame inductee. Tickets for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen on August 9-12 are available by calling 866.461.RACE (7223) or online at www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-11-2012)
Red Cat Summer Stage Friday Night Concert Line-Up Announced for Watkins Glen UPDATE: The Red Cat Summer Stage features a variety of acts for the Friday Night Concert of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen weekend, including rising country star Marlee Scott and Watkins Glen International favorites Mike Brindisi & The New York Rock. PRS Guitars welcomes The Rocky Mountain Stoneflies, Davy Knowles and the In Tune Magazine "Race to The Stage" winner. Live music continues to play a significant part of the fan experience during race weekends at The Glen. This year's edition of the Friday Night Concert provides fans a wide variety of genres to enjoy before leaving the track. The concert is included in all weekend admission tickets. Tickets for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen (August 9-12) weekend are on sale now! Fans may purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-8-2012)
UPDATE: Due to rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, Friday's concert at Watkins Glen International, headlined by country singer Marlee Scott, was postponed. The concert has been rescheduled for Saturday night, following the completion of the Continental Tire 200, the Grand-Am Rolex Series Sports Car race. The race is set to begin at 6:18 pm/et.(8-11-2012)
New to NASCAR Racing? Visit the NASCAR 101 Tent at The Glen: Will the Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen weekend be your first taste of NASCAR racing? Make sure to visit the NASCAR 101 interactive tent located in the Midway near the Pyramid during the August 9-12 weekend. The NASCAR 101 tent will be open Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Speak with fan ambassadors who will be available to explain the scoring system, potential race strategies, what a pit crew really does and much more. Also, test your driving skills on one of our simulators for a chance to win Gatorade Victory Lane passes. Those passes will be awarded each afternoon to the top performers.
If you think you have learned it all (or already know it all), take the 101 quiz and enter to win Pit Tour passes and Pre-Race wristbands for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen. Winners will be drawn every hour. A grand-prize winner of the 101 quiz entrees will win tickets to the 2013 Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen. Feel free to study up before you get here by visiting the new TheGlen.com/NASCAR101 page. Tickets for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen on August 9-12 are available by calling 866.461.RACE (7223) or online at TheGlen.com.(WGI)(8-10-2012)
Watkins Glen Concession Stands to Feature Local Favorites: At this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen, fans may taste a variety of regional food favorites such as Beef on Weck and Sahlen's Hot Dogs. Americrown Service Corporation, Watkins Glen International's catering and concessions, will incorporate local flavor into new concession items to represent the region and satisfy the appetites of hungry race fans. Beef on Weck, a Western New York staple, will be served with a side of horseradish and served up near the start/finish area as well as in Turn 1. Also from the Buffalo area, Sahlen's Smoke House Hot Dogs will be available throughout the concession stand locations. There will be a Sahlen's Dog House, located in the Budweiser Tiki Hut area that will highlight four varieties of Sahlen's Hot Dogs. Syracuse, NY will be represent by the world famous Dinosaur BBQ's Sensuous Slathering Sauce in the BBQ Pork Sandwiches available at multiple locations. Fans from Canada can visit the vendor row area and sample Canadian favorite - poutine - crispy french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds from Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan Cheese. Fans are sure to find something for any appetite at any one of Americrown's 12 concession stands throughout the Watkins Glen International facility. A concessions map is available at theglen.com.(WGI)(8-9-2012)
American Idol David Cook is Zippo 200 Grand Marshal: Platinum selling recording artist and American Idol winner David Cook will perform the National Anthem and give the command to start engines for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, Saturday, August 11. Cook rose to fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol in 2008. Since then, Cook has sold over one million records, tallied two platinum singles and produced two top-20 hits. As Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200, Cook will deliver the most famous words in motorsports - the traditional call for drivers to start their engines. Additionally, Cook will perform the American National Anthem during the pre-race ceremony.(WGI)(8-8-2012)
Record camping crowd anticipated at The Glen: Fans attending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen who are interested in camping at Watkins Glen International for the weekend have just one option - GEICO Caveman unreserved camping at Gate 1. The popularity of spending the weekend at The Glen continues to increase and is especially evident this season with GEICO reserved and Family Camping sold out. Fans are encouraged to purchase GEICO Caveman unreserved camping before that too sells out. In February, The Glen announced GEICO reserved camping sold out earlier than in previous years. Family Camping, expanded in response to its popularity during the 2011 NASCAR weekend, is sold out. GEICO Caveman unreserved camping in Gate 7 is sold out. The Gate 1 GEICO Caveman unreserved area has increased lighting, nearby showers and water available. There are no hookups. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and camper load-in begins on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30 a.m.(WGI)(8-4-2012)
Dustin Brown to serve as honorary starter at The Glen: Dustin Brown took the Stanley Cup to his hometown - Ithaca, NY and now he will be dropping the green flag for Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen (August 9-12). Captain of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, Brown will serve as the honorary starter on Sunday, August 12. He is just the second United States born Stanley Cup champion team captain in National Hockey League (NHL) history. Brown has served as team captain of the LA Kings since 2008, becoming the youngest and the first American in franchise history. He was the 2010-11 NHL Foundation Player Award recipient and a 2009 All-Star game selection. In 2003, he was selected by the LA Kings with the 13th overall pick in the NHL draft.(WGI)(8-1-2012)
Watkins Glen partners with I Love New York campaign: Watkins Glen International announced its marketing partnership with the I LOVE NEW YORK campaign on Tuesday. The marketing partnership consists of the inclusion of the iconic I LOVE NEW YORK logo throughout Watkins Glen International's official website and in all print advertisements leading up to Sprint Cup Series at The Glen (August 9-12). Fans who visit The Glen this summer, if not for the upcoming NASCAR event, will notice several I LOVE NEW YORK advertising billboards throughout the facility.(WGI)(8-1-2012)
Watkins Glen race will be Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen: Watkins Glen International has chosen to honor the region in which it is located by naming the Sunday, August 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen. The historic road course is one aspect of the popular tourist destination that includes a variety of state parks and is New York's largest wine producing region. Located at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, The Glen and the region's history and future are inexplicably interwoven. Selecting the name of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series reflects Watkins Glen International's appreciation for its surroundings. "We value the support of our neighbors annually and felt naming our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series the Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen is the best way to display our appreciation," Michael Printup, Watkins Glen International President expressed. "It shows the respect we feel toward our fans, neighbors and fellow tourist attractions."(WGI)(7-31-2012)
Watkins Glen & NASCAR Donate Trees to City of Elmira: As part of NASCAR Green's largest at-track initiative, the Clean Air Tree Planting Program, Watkins Glen International and NASCAR will donate trees purchased from Stillman's Greenhouse in Montour Falls to be planted throughout the City of Elmira to aid the area's recovery from Thursday's tornado. "The Glen is thrilled that with the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program we are able to help our neighbors in Elmira," Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. NASCAR Green's Clean Air Tree Planting Program will donate 10 trees for each Green Flag that drops during the August 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen race. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado affected the area on the evening of July 26. The program also covers installation and specific planting areas will be designated in the next few weeks as the cleanup continues. Tickets for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen (August 9-12) are on sale now! Fans may purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(7-31-2012
Sponsor woes hold up plans for The Glen: Watkins Glen International is still without a title sponsor for their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event with less than two weeks until race team haulers start rolling in to the facility. Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips had been the presenting sponsor of the track's Cup Series race since 2009 but pulled out of their contract earlier this year. It's a situation that WGI president and West Seneca native, Michael Printup, has now come to accept with his attention turning to making final preparations for the tens of thousands of race fans that will descend on the road racing facility located in the Finger Lakes.
Printup was on WGR's Fast Track on Sunday morning and discussed how hard the search to find a replacement was. "You're always chasing and we chased all year with Heluva Good! walking away," Printup said, "we did have somebody really close but we decided not to pull the trigger, we just couldn't activate it enough." The new race name will highlight the part of New York state that "The Glen" calls home. "We're going with the because that's the kilometer count, we're going to hype the tourism in this area and give some branding and naming," Printup said.
While the lack of a sponsor won't affect any of the on-track action it does put a dent in the budget for WGI and their parent company International Speedway Corporation (ISC). "It's big, an entitlement sponsor for NASCAR is anywhere from $500,000 to 2 million dollars per race," Printup said, "as we got closer we'd never get 2 million but we're pretty comfortable in saying we would have landed somewhere between a half a million and a million dollars." This setback for WGI won't affect future Sprint Cup dates at the facility but it does push back a major capital improvement project that was planned for next year. Printup divulged that the plan was to repave the racing surface before the 2013 Sprint Cup race at WGI but that has now been tabled. "We decided as a management team this week that we're not going to repave next year, we're probably going to put it off to 2014 or 2015 we feel we have enough life in the asphalt," Printup said. ISC has made several upgrades at the facility over the last few years including putting in new grandstands and making several safety improvements to the race course. Now the plan for next year will be to fill the time that was originally blocked out for the repaving project with new racing events.(WGR Sportsradio 550-AM, see a video there)(7-30-2012)
New trophy for Watkins Glen Cup race: Watkins Glen International and The Corning Museum of Glass announced a strategic partnership Thursday morning and unveiled the trophy for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen race . The unique trophy designed and created by Corning Museum of Glass artist Eric Meek encompasses key aspects of the Finger Lakes Region, including The Glen's iconic blue guardrail, the Finger Lakes and, of course, glass.
The trophy is an elegant cylindrical glass piece made of clear glass encasing a solid blue core in the shape of The Glen's unique winding racetrack. The blue reflects The Glen's signature guardrail color, as well as the color of nearby Seneca Lake and the Watkins Glen gorges. The piece is slightly curved, showcasing the fluidity of glass in its molten state.
"The Corning Museum of Glass has provided Watkins Glen International a truly unique and beautiful trophy for our NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in August," Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said. "This distinctive work of art captures the essence of our partnership and the spirit of the region, uniting the world of art and speed. I cannot wait to see it held high in Gatorade Victory Lane by race winner for the world to see!"
Meek, who likes to draw upon glassmaking traditions and fine craftsmanship to realize modern, elegant works, said, "In forming this piece, we were faced with challenges that we don't typically face day to day, with new ways of shaping glass. That's what made it exciting to make and that's what makes it a really unique trophy, something that could only be made here in Corning."
The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world's most comprehensive glass collection, and offers live glassmaking demonstrations and classes, featuring some of the best glassmakers in the world. Watkins Glen International is the premiere road racing facility in North America and New York's only home to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. This truly unique piece showcases two of the most prominent regional tourism attractions.
Tickets for the 2012 season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans may purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office in person or by phone at 866.461.RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com and see images of the trophy there too.(6-22-2012)
Watkins Glen close to naming title sponsor: Watkins Glen International is very close to landing a title sponsor for its NASCAR Sprint Cup race in August, WGI president Michael Printup said Wednesday. "I'd say there's a 90% chance that we are wrapped up and ready to rock-n-roll, so we're pretty close," Printup said. A contract has not been signed, but Printup hopes he'll be ready to make an announcement sometime in the next two weeks or so. He says he can't give many details until then, but he's looking at a multi-year deal with a consumer goods-focused company. WGI brass had to hustle after a deal with Heluva Good! - which sponsored the Cup race at The Glen from 2009-11 - unexpectedly fell apart in February, which Printup compared to being "left at the altar." WGI officials backed away from a few opportunities for one-year deals to seek a longer-term sponsorship, he said. Also, a new partnership between WGI and the Corning Museum of Glass - which Printup referred to as "really cool" - is set to be announced Thursday.(Corning Leader)(6-21-2012)
Marlee Scott to Perform National Anthems at Watkins Glen: Marlee Scott will perform the American and Canadian National Anthems live on ESPN prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen race on Sunday, August 12. Scott, a Big Ride Entertainment artist and Toronto, ON native currently residing in Nashville, will also perform at Friday Night's FREE Red Cat Summer Stage Concert on the infield of Watkins Glen International. Scott has previously performed at the ACC Football Championship, the Breeders' Cup and at a number of Major League Baseball games including the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans may purchase tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(5-17-2012)
NextEra plans wind turbines at Watkins Glen: NextEra Energy, the company that's planning a $200 million wind farm project across Schuyler and Chemung [MY] counties, has reached a deal with a high-profile landowner - Watkins Glen International. NextEra - one of the largest power providers in the country - plans to locate multiple wind turbines, 400 feet tall, on the 1,832 acres that surround the historic race track in Schuyler County, officials announced recently. The turbines at the race track would be among 50 to 75 scattered across the towns of Dix, Catharine and Hector in Schuyler County, and Catlin in Chemung County. NextEra hopes to begin building access roads, laying connecting lines and assembling the giant turbines in 2014 or 2015, and says the project will create about 200 construction jobs and 8 to 10 permanent jobs. The project will take six to nine months to complete. Michael Printup, WGI president, says the land lease will be the "first step of many" in the relationship between the two companies. "I think there's nothing like clean energy that can move the little needle, and with us and the popularity of NASCAR, and we have 5 or 6 million people watching us on TV, that's the crux of this relationship," Printup said. There's already a relationship between WGI's parent company, the International Speedway Corp., and NextEra. They have deals involving renewable energy credits, marketing and sponsorships at ISC's two tracks in Florida, Daytona International Speedway and Homestead Miami Speedway. WGI would not be able to draw power directly from the turbines. Rather, the turbines feed power into the local grid.(Corning Leader)(5-14-2012)
Grandstands at The Glen Have New Names: Seneca. Argetsinger. Stewart. Riesbeck. Bodine. Five names woven into the fabric of Watkins Glen International; five names that now have a permanent spot at the historic track. The names will adorn the five newly constructed grandstands at Watkins Glen International following an out-pouring of suggestions from fans after the staff asked for help in renaming the seating areas. In a four-week period, The Glen received hundreds of suggestions from fans, which helped track president Michael Printup and his staff made the important grandstand name changes. "We felt the support of our fans over the past four weeks through the quality of suggestions we received for new grandstand names," Printup said. "Emails, letters and phone calls came with ideas that spoke to the history of our legendary road course." Selections were made based on both the history and the future of this esteemed road-racing facility and its place in the sport and region. The Glen would like to thank all who submitted their ideas. The thought behind each idea was evident.
Seneca, formerly the Silver grandstand, was a popular fan suggestion in reference to the lake on the tip of which Watkins Glen International is located. Fittingly, Seneca Lake can be seen from the facility and fans in the new Seneca grandstand will undoubtedly have a more meaningful view starting this season in 2012.
The Argetsinger grandstand, named for the man with the dream and desire to bring road racing to the United States, Cameron Argetsinger, will replace the former Red, White and Blue grandstand. This grandstand is located at the original site off the start/finish line and remain at the base of the famed Esses. Argetsinger designed the original 6.6-mile road course and the original 2.3-mile permanent course upon the hill.
Sir Jackie Stewart, famed F1 driver and popular fan suggestion for a grandstand name, was a logical choice to have an even more permanent place in Watkins Glen International history. Hailing to The Glen's Formula 1 history, now entitled the Jackie Stewart Grandstand, Turn 10 was one of three replaced prior to the start of the 2011 season. Stewart led 271 laps in eight F1 races at The Glen, winning twice. His first victory came in 1968 and his second, from the pole, in 1972.
Once again selecting a name that spoke to the history of Watkins Glen International, Turn 11 is now Riesbeck Grandstand. In 1983, Jim Riesbeck spearheaded Corning, Inc.'s decision to revive Watkins Glen International. Riesbeck played an integral part in restoring The Glen beyond its original stature in 1948. For many years, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners received the Steuben Glass Riesbeck Cup in Gatorade Victory Lane.
Finally, what once was the Green grandstand will now be acknowledged by a name that speaks to the region where Watkins Glen International is located, The Glen's more recent history and a trio of brothers who play a part in each element. Bodine Grandstand was a frequent fan suggestion and an easy selection for the staff at The Glen. The Bodine brothers have competed in a combined 40 races for 3801 laps at Watkins Glen International in the top three series of NASCAR.B Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans may purchase tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(4-9-2012)
Reserved Camping for The Glen is Sold Out but: Fans of Watkins Glen International find that camping at the premier road course is an indescribable experience and as a result it is always in demand. For the past few years the popularity of spending NASCAR Weekend at The Glen on track has been evident as the GEICO Caveman reserved campground routinely sells out early in the year. As of Tuesday, fans seeking a GEICO Caveman reserved camping spot need to expand their search to other locations, as it is SOLD OUT. Family Camping, located just outside the East Tunnel, remains an excellent option. Fans who elect to camp there will experience stricter enforcement of the standard quiet hours (11 p.m. - 6 a.m.) and increased patrols by WGI staff and security. With close to 2,000 acres of land, The Glen offers a variety of camping options throughout race weekends, including the GEICO Caveman Unreserved Campground located along The Boot through Gate 7 and along the backstretch in Gate 1. Space is still available in both Gate 1 and Gate 7 areas. Tickets and camping for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans may purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or by logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(3-18-2012)
Watkins Glen asks for fans input in naming new grandstands: The grandstands have changed at Watkins Glen International and now is the time for the names to change as well. With the replacement of the remaining grandstands ongoing, The Glen has decided to rename five existing grandstands prior to the start of the 2012 season. Fan submissions will be accepted through Saturday, March 31 for suggestions on new names for the Green, Silver, Red, White and Blue, Turn 10 and Turn 11 stands.
The Glen staff, appreciating fans' extensive knowledge, knows its fans will provide outstanding suggestions. Fans are encouraged to pass along their ideas through email or regular mail prior to the March 31 deadline. From a comprehensive list including names submitted by fans, The Glen will select the new names and release them to the public leading up to Opening Weekend (April 21-22). To submit ideas or for tickets to the races, go to TheGlen.com.(WGI)(3-16-2012)
Watkins Glen / Michigan lose Sprint Cup sponsor: Watkins Glen International is without a title sponsor for its NASCAR Sprint Cup event after Heluva Good! ended contract negotiations earlier this week. WGI President Michael Printup said last week he was optimistic the food manufacturer known largely for its sour cream dips would come back for its fourth year as the race's primary sponsor, but he learned Tuesday that Heluva Good! decided not to renew its contract. "We were a percent away from signing the deal and they turned around and walked away," Printup said Friday. "We loved Heluva Good! but of course every company takes changes of direction." With its Sprint Cup event seven months away, the news has left Watkins Glen's marketing team and its corporate owner, International Speedway Corp., a small window to find another headliner. "At this point, it's all hands on deck," said Printup, who expects to have a new sponsor in place within 90 days. Heluva Good! also decided not to return as sponsor of the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, which is another ISC-owned track. Printup said Sprint Cup title sponsors generally provide tracks between $500,000 and $2,000,000.(Elmiria Star Gazette)(2-14-2012)
Bogaczyk Joins The Glen as Corporate Sales Coordinator: Lock Haven University graduate and Tioga, Pa. native, Stephanie Bogaczyk joins the Watkins Glen International staff as the Corporate Sales Coordinator as announced on Monday. The addition of Bogaczyk to the Sales Team highlights a variety of changes the WGI administration will see in the New Year. Bogaczyk will be responsible for managing the legendary road courses' portfolio of corporate partners, coordinating corporate partner events and developing corporate sales materials. She will also assist with Watkins Glen International's Fan Ambassador program. Most recently with IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., Bogaczyks' experience with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in Athlete Services during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games as well as an internship with the Elmira Jackals will aid in her transition to The Glen. Among the changes the Sales Department will see with the New Year underway include current staff members obtaining additional responsibilities and changing roles within The Glen's administrative office.
Mike Eckert will transition from Senior Account Executive to Manager, Partnership Sales. A member of the WGI staff since May 2006, Eckert will focus on establishing new business sponsorship sales while fostering existing relationships.
Mike Evranian, formerly Group Sales Manager, will develop new and expand current business revenue streams as the Manager, Business Development. Previously with Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Evranian has been with The Glen since 2008.
Rob Murphy will continue to oversee hospitality during all major event weekends at Watkins Glen International as the Corporate Sales Executive. Murphy, an Account Executive with WGI since November 2010, will be responsible for developing relationships and expanding WGI's corporate sales opportunities through group tickets as well as hospitality assets.
Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans can purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com.(WGI)(1-10-2012)
More grandstands to be replaced at Watkins Glen: Watkins Glen International was a hotbed of activity leading into and during the 2011 season as a sweeping $3.1 million capital improvement project made extensive changes to the legendary road course. The 2012 season promises to be another busy year at The Glen, both on and off the track. The International Speedway Corporation Board of Directors (BOD) has approved approximately $1.5 million of funding to replace three more grandstands at WGI. This latest capital improvement project will bring the amount invested into The Soul of American Road Racing since 2001 to just over $30 million.
The latest round of capital improvements will replace three grandstands - the Ninety, located on the outside of Turn 1, as well as the Red, White and Blue, and McDonald's Family Grandstands which are located at the bottom and top of the famed Esses, respectively. All three have wooden bleacher seats and will be replaced by metal structures that match the four grandstands that were built during the 2011 season. The completion of this project will add approximately 2,000 seats and mean that every grandstand, with the exception of Pit Terrace, has been replaced since the beginning of the 2005 season.
The Glen has been undergoing a series of major capital improvements over the past 10 years including replacing four grandstands, building a new Glen Club and adding permanent showers in 2011, the addition of SAFER barriers and extended run-off areas in several turns in 2010, the new media center in 2008, track repaving in 2006, a new grandstand along the front stretch in 2005, and an upgrade to the garage and an improved water and sewer system that included the additions of showers in the Gate 1 campground from 2001 thru 2004. (All projects are listed according to year they were completed).(WGI)(9-28-2011)
Emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)
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