NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison has been named the Grand Marshal for the 2014 Watkins Glen U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 5-7. The announcement was made via press release from Watkins Glen International (WGI) on Wednesday, August 20.
According to WGI, Allison will serve as Grand Marshal and Special Guest for the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver. The weekend also celebrates the 30th anniversary of historic motor racing at Watkins Glen.
Bobby Allison was not only inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011 but was also entered into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1992 and the following year into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was named among the Top 50 NASCAR drivers ever. Alllison last raced at The Glen in 1987, finishing ninth.
About Allison's participation, WGI President Michael Printup commented, "I grew up watching drivers like Bobby Allison, Petty and Waltrip. He is a true racing legend and we are thrilled to have him as our guest and Grand Marshal during this historic race weekend."
Speaking of this new distinction, Bobby Allison said, "To me, it’s just an incredible honor to do anything like this in a sport that I think so much of, where I’ve had so much success."
Historic racers from the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will compete at WGI in the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix. Ranked as one of the largest historic/vintage racing events in the country, the event typically brings hundreds of cars from the Pre-War era to the open-wheeled variety like Indy Lights, Formula Atlantics, and Formula 1 cars. Cars are grouped for competition in races that take place nearly all day Saturday and Sunday. Practice and qualifying begin on Friday, September 5.
Also on Friday, there is a Grand Prix Festival downtown that includes race cars taking laps of the 6.6-mile "old course," the original 1948 road circuit that goes through the village and up around the hills.