RV Retailer to Also Support NASCAR Qualifying Day
Watkins Glen International announced today that RV industry giant, Camping World, has signed a four-year contract to be the title sponsor of the historic track's annual IndyCar Series race. The Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix will take the green flag in less than one month, on Sunday, July 8th at 3:30 PM.
Camping World, based in Bowling Green, Ky., is the world's largest supplier of RV accessories, camping equipment and new and pre-owned recreational vehicles with over 80 retail outlets in key regional locations.
"Camping World is pleased to be the title sponsor of one of the premier IndyCar weekends of the year while supporting the passion of thousands of our customers who are using their recreational vehicles to enhance their experience at Watkins Glen International" said Marcus Lemonis President and CEO of Camping World. "We are honored to add historic Watkins Glen to our outstanding list of race track partners which include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and California Speedway."
"We are thrilled to partner with Camping World for the next four years as the IndyCar Series title sponsor," stated Craig Rust, President of Watkins Glen International. "WGI has a very large and loyal RVing fan-base, not only during our IndyCar Series and NASCAR race weekends but throughout the entire season. We are excited to be able to work with them as they expand their involvement with motorsports sponsorships."
This spring, Camping World announced multi-pronged sponsorships with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Kevin Harvick, Inc. (KHI), which includes select sponsorships in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Camping World also sponsored John Andretti's No. 33 Panther Racing Dallara Honda at this year's 91st Running of the Indianapolis 500.
The partnership with Watkins Glen International and Camping World extends through the 2010 race season and gives the RV camping company exclusive rights at the track as the "Official RV Retailer, Recreational Vehicle Parts, Accessories and Services Provider". The camping company will also be named as the Qualifying Day sponsor during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend on Friday, August 9th before the racing action on Sunday.
The Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix features the premier open-wheel cars and stars of the Indy 500 taking on the twists and turns of the historic road-course July 6-8. The racing action will include the Corning Twin 100's Indy Pro Series races on both Saturday and Sunday and the Historic Grand Prix and KONI Challenge races on Saturday. The excitement will be both on and off the track all weekend long and includes fireworks and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Friday Night Block Party presented by WENY News Channel 36 will be open to the public for FREE. The party will include kids games, face painting, live music, carnival food and a huge fireworks celebration, in honor our Nation's birthday and NEW date for the open-wheel race weekend.
On Saturday, the track will host a viewing party following the on-track action for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway from the FrontStretch Grandstand. The party will get started with a wine and cheese party hosted by GCP Discount Liquors and Wine, highlighting over 20 New York Finger Lakes wineries, live music on the Red Cat Summer Stage and fireworks. All of these special activities are included with the cost of admission except for the FREE Friday Night Block Party that will be open to the general public.
Tickets for the race weekend celebration during the Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix, or the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and Zippo 200 weekend August 9-12 are still available. For tickets and additional race weekend information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at
866-461-RACE, log on TheGlen.com, buy online at www.racetickets.com or stop by The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.