Track Opens for the Season and Kicks off Charitable Efforts
Opening Day at Watkins Glen International is Sunday, April 27th, and marks the LAST day race fans can save money on tickets. Fans will also have the opportunity to support NASCAR Day, this coming May 16th and drive the 3.4 mile Grand Prix course. A portion of the proceeds collected during Opening Day will be donated to a regional charity that benefits children with chronic illness. The regional charity and complete charitable giving program will be announced at a later date.
Opening Day officially opens The Glen for the highly anticipated 2008 racing season at the historic road-course. This year the track will celebrate 60 years of racing in The Glen and will welcome back the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series during the Centurion Boats at The Glen weekend, August 7-10 and the open-wheel cars and stars of the IndyCar® Series for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 4-6. Fans can also catch the unique and popular Daytona Prototypes and GT class of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with the 27th Running of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 6-8.
For only $20.00 per vehicle, fans can drive legendary Watkins Glen International for three parade-style paced laps or take a spin around the Soul of American Road Racing in a 2008 Toyota Camry - the official pace vehicle of Watkins Glen International. Gates open at 9:00 am, the first cars will hit the track at 10:00 am and laps go until 4:00 pm. Motorcycles are not permitted on the track.
April 27th also marks the LAST day to purchase racing tickets for all of the events at The Glen at the advanced prices. Fans can save as much as $15.00 on race packages and $11.00 on individual tickets. Save BIG on the premium "3-Pak" offer that can save fans up to $50 on reserved grandstand seating for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 4-6 and the Centurion Boats at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup and Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, August 7-10.
NASCAR Day has become the signature charitable event of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Foundation, which supports a wide range of worthy causes, including: enriching the lives of chronically ill children; expanding literacy; encouraging bone marrow donation; and fighting cancer. This year it will be celebrated on May 16th but fans will be able to do their part to support NASCAR Day during Opening Day. The cornerstone of the celebration is the distribution of collectible NASCAR Day lapel pins, which fans and other supporters can obtain in exchange for a $5 donation to the NASCAR Foundation. 50% of the funds raised surrounding NASCAR Day will be used locally. Pins are available at The Shop, located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen, NY from now until NASCAR Day. Pins will be available at Watkins Glen International, starting Sunday, April 27th, during Opening Day. Fans can also get their companies involved by going online and signing up to be a NASCAR Day Crew Chief. After signing up you will receive a FREE NASCAR Day Participation Kit that includes pins, a Crew Chief Manual, collection and donation envelopes and posters to help encourage fellow employees to contribute. To sign up your company or organization and get your FREE NASCAR Day Kit go to http://foundation.nascar.com/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=790&srcid=790, click on the "Become a NASCAR Day Crew Chief" icon and fill out the online form. Make sure to enter "The Glen" when asked for your promotional code to help benefit our local charity.
Tickets for the historic 60th Anniversary Season at Watkins Glen International are on-sale now! This year the season kicks-off with the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, June 6-7 paired with the NASCAR Camping World Series' East Division on Sunday, June 8. General admission tickets for Kids 12 and under are FREE during the June 6-7 and
July 4-6 event weekends when accompanied by an adult. Open-wheel racing returns for the 4th of July weekend during the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 4-6, and the Centurion Boats at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup and Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series weekend highlights the summer action, August 7-10. For more tickets and more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official website www.TheGlen.com.