Watkins Glen International, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State, is one of two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. The course also hosts SCCA and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series racing, as well as the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.
Racing originated in Watkins Glen in 1948, racing through various roads in the village. A temporary road course was built in 1953, and the current 2.3-mile permanent circuit was built in 1956. The first NASCAR race at The Glen was held in 1957, and Formula One visited the track from 1961 to 1980. The Glen closed in 1981 following financial difficulties; it was purchased in 1983, renovated, and reopened in 1984. NASCAR returned to The Glen in 1986.
Major events scheduled for Watkins Glen International for 2013 include the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, June28th through 30th; the SCCA Double Nationals, July 5th through 7th; the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series at The Glen, August 8th through 11th; and the Glenora Wine Cellars US Vintage Grand Prix, September 6th through 8th. The Finger Lakes Wine Festival will be held July 12th through 14th.
Tickets for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, the NASCAR weekend and the Vintage Grand Prix, along with the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, are on sale now. For more information on these events and to purchase tickets, visit www.theglen.com.
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