Porsche unveiled its 2007 911 Turbo to North America at Watkins Glen International this week. A four day media event was held at The Soul of American Road Racing to help launch the new 911 and included national and international media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Car and Driver and Autoweek. This event marked the next chapter in a storied past involving the historic racetrack and the prestigious automaker.
"We wanted to hold this event at Watkins Glen International because of the rich history of Porsche with the track and the town," said Paul Seredynski, Leader of Media Relations for Porsche. "We knew that media would fully appreciate driving the legendary road course in this extraordinary vehicle for the first time."
The common history between The Glen and Porsche can be traced back to 1948; the year they were both founded. Porsche first came to Upstate New York for the final race on the famed streets of Watkins Glen in 1952. Watkins Glen International became a permanent circuit in 1956 and by attracting respected competitors such as Porsche has become one of the premier road racing facilities in North America. The history-rich racetrack has hosted numerous prominent racing series during its legendary existence including NASCAR, Formula 1, CART, IndyCar, Grand American, Trans Am, Can Am and SCCA.
The first turbocharged Porsche 911 made its North American debut at The Soul of American Road Racing during the 1974 Six Hours of The Glen endurance race. Celebrated drivers Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood drove the Martini and Ross sponsored Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo racecar to victory the first time it competed on American soil. This was not the first time that Porsche was victorious at The Glen and would certainly not be the last. Bob Holbert claimed Porsche's first victory at Watkins Glen International in The Queen Catharine Cup race in 1957. Legendary drivers such as Roger Penske, Derek Bell, Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood have been responsible for many of the Porsche wins between its first and most recent victory in the 2006 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Success at the historical track has helped solidify Porsche as one of the most successful and respected competitors in road racing today. The new Porsche 911 turbo goes on sale in North American on Saturday, June 24th.
Tickets for the remaining 2006 race season at The Glen are still available. Don't miss the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Busch Series races this August 11-13. The Zippo 200 returns for a second time with the cars and stars of the NEXTEL Cup Series and the Crown Royal 200 Rolex Sports Car Series on Friday. Tickets can be obtained by calling 866-461-RACE, by stopping by The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, NY or at the WGI ticket office located on the old Bronson Hill Road off of County Rte. 16.