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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

Track Specs:
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

Opened: 1956
Grandstand Seating: approx 41,000

Pit Stalls:
Length: 29 feet
Width: 20 feet

Track Websites and Social Media:
Watkin's Glen International - website
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International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen


    Track Records & Stats

  • 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

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 9 [of 32 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from in top 5: 21 of 32 events
  • Races won from in top 10: 24 of 32 events
  • Races won from outside top 10: 8 of 32 events
  • Road Course Wins: All-Time
    Driver, Wins
    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*
    * active
    (8-10-2014)


Track News and Announcements

  • Watkins Glen President, Michael Printup assumes Americrown role, to continue as President: International Speedway Corporation announced that Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup will assume additional responsibilities within the company, including managerial oversight of Americrown, effective immediately. While continuing in his current role with the historic New York road course, Printup will lead the Americrown team in strategy for profitability, a successful execution of Daytona Rising food and beverage, and enhancing overall value and operations. Printup will also continue with his oversight of Michigan International Speedway, according to an ISC release. "I am very excited to take on this additional responsibility within ISC," Printup said. "I look forward to working closely with all of those involved with Americrown, while moving forward with my role at Watkins Glen International." Americrown, formed in 1989, is the leader in motorsports catering, concessions and merchandise sales and service. Operating at 12 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown serves millions of race fans annually.(WGI)(4-2-2015)

  • Chris Banker Joins Watkins Glen as Public Relations Manager: Watkins Glen International announced the addition of Chris Banker as Public Relations Manager, effective immediately. Banker comes to WGI by way of New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., where he served as Manager of Communications for the past two years. Banker will be assigned a wide range of responsibilities in his new role at The Glen. His primary duties will include drafting press releases, managing the media credential process, pitching media on story opportunities, and scheduling on-air appearances with local and regional affiliates for drivers and WGI staff. During event weekends, Banker will assist with the operation of the WGI media center along with pre- and post-race activities. "We are excited to welcome Chris to the Watkins Glen International team and know he will be a valuable asset to us moving forward," WGI President Michael Printup said. A 2012 graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, Banker earned a degree in Public Relations. His previous experience also includes time with Comcast Spectacor, a sports and entertainment firm in Philadelphia, PA.(WGI)(2-26-2015)

  • Race Fever scratched in Corning NY: Race Fever, the annual block party on Corning's Bridge Street that kicks off NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend at Watkins Glen International - won't be held anymore, the Gaffer District announced Friday. A new event on Bridge Street, to be called Taste of Summer, will replace it on the city's downtown event schedule. Taste of Summer will be held July 23. Race Fever was discontinued due to the "exorbitant cost" of booking Sprint Cup drivers to sign autographs, Gaffer District officials said. Without the appearances by NASCAR stars, the crowds began to dwindle. Race Fever couldn't have been held this summer anyway, due to construction on the city's planned $465,000 "traffic-calming" project on Bridge Street. The project, expected to begin Aug. 1, will include pedestrian safety improvements and streetscaping. Race Fever was usually held during the second week of August. This year would have been the 30th Race Fever. The event - which featured show cars and NASCAR memorabilia vendors - began in 1985 after NASCAR returned to Watkins Glen. For many years, it was held on Market Street. During the height of its popularity, open containers of alcohol were allowed on the streets. The discontinuing of Race Fever may impact Corning Meals on Wheels, a volunteer-run non-profit that delivers daily meals to homebound seniors.(Corning Leader)(2-15-2015)

  • Watkins Glen Awarded State Funding for Modernization and Repaving: Watkins Glen International announced that it has been awarded $2.25 million by the State of New York and Governor Andrew Cuomo to assist in modernization efforts and repaving of the historic facility. Watkins Glen International receives the award after being named a Priority Project by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) in 2014. The grant comes on the heels of $33.5 million in private capital investments at Watkins Glen International over the past 10 years, with an additional $12 million committed for 2015. The investments cement The Glen's position as the premier road racing facility in North America. "We're extremely grateful to have the support of Governor Cuomo, Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Co-chairs of STREDC Tom Tranter and Harvey Stenger," said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. "Watkins Glen International has been a worldwide tourist destination in upstate New York for more than 50 years. With the support of our elected officials, regional council and dedicated race fans around the world, we're poised to continue shining an international spotlight on the Finger Lakes region for another 50 years." Watkins Glen International announced in November its intentions to repave the historic road course following the 2015 Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend. The $12 million in private and $2.25 million in public funds will be applied towards infrastructure modernization & marketing during the repaving project.(WGI)(12-12-2014)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)


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