Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust announced today that portions of The Soul of American Road Racing will be repaved this fall. This is the first time that the track will shut down operations early, to make track enhancements, in more than 10 years.
"This is part of our on-going capital improvement plan at The Glen," stated Rust. "Over the past several years we have been able to enhance the quality of racing for our stakeholders including; race fans, drivers, and the various series that compete here."
The track will undergo a series of improvements including the milling and repaving of Turn 1, also considered the 'Ninety', Turn 5 or the 'carousel', and Turn 6, the first turn going into the extended 3.4 mile Grand Prix course, or the Boot. Some of the paving will address issues concerning emanate water and drainage along the concrete sections of the racing surface.
Each year the track opens for the season in the early spring beginning on TOYOTA Opening Day and ending on, or about, October 31st. When the facility isn't hosting a spectator event, the race track is typically rented to various sports car clubs and groups each day. This year the track has worked very closely with these groups in order to accommodate the planned improvements this fall. Improvements are scheduled to be completed in 2006, weather permitting.
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 at the WGI ticket office located on the old Bronson Hill Road off of County Rte. 16.