As part of the patriotic themed ceremonies before Watkins Glen International's (WGI) Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen event, the Strategic Army Corp Sport Parachute Team (STRAC), will be performing their award-winning aerial acrobatics as they parachute onto the historic road course. The announcement was made via press release on Friday, June 27, from WGI.
According to WGI, STRAC was formed in 1959 and officially recognized, designated and activated as the U.S. Army Parachute Team in 1961. Since then, the Golden Knights have built a competition record of 427 national championships along with 81 world championships, 20 national and 10 world team titles.
Performing more than 27,000 jumps annually, the Golden Knights live by three-fold mission: "To perform aerial demonstrations to public and assist the U.S. Army in its Strategic Outreach Program, to compete in national and international parachuting competitions and test and evaluate new parachuting equipment and techniques for improved operation and safety."
Stationed at the home of the Airborne, Fort Bragg, N.C., the Golden Knights are composed of seven sections: two demonstration teams, the Black and Gold demonstration teams, two competition teams, Formation Skydiving Team, Style and Accuracy Team, Tandem section, the Aviation detachment, and a Headquarters detachment.
Previously announced, Buffalo Sabres principle singer, Doug Allen, will perform the national anthem also as part of the pre-race ceremonies. Olympic medalist bobsledder Steve Holcomb will serve as Grand Marshal.
According to WGI, pre-race events, including an Open Grid-Fan Walk, begin at 10:10 a..m. local time on Sunday, June 29. The green flag waves the start of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen for the TUDOR Championship at 11:10 a.m..