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Platinum Recording Artist, Gavin DeGraw to Perform on Saturday, July 5th
Gavin DeGraw, one of today's premier singer-songwriters, with the Top 40-hit "In Love with a Girl," will take the Red Cat Summer Stage on Saturday night during the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. DeGraw, who grew up in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, is no stranger to Watkins Glen having spent a semester at nearby Ithaca College on a music scholarship.
On Saturday, July 5th, nearing the checkered flag of the KONI Challenge Series race, fans will need to prepare themselves to hear the greatest mix of raw talent and emotion ever to appear on the Red Cat Summer Stage, sponsored by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Winery, DeGraw will take the stage at 7:30 PM following opening act Mike Brindisi and The New York Rock, during the Saturday Night After Hours Concert in celebration of the release of his second album, the self-titled, Gavin DeGraw.
Hitting the ground running, New York native DeGraw first broke through in 2003 with the release of his debut album, Chariot, selling over a million copies and earning itself a platinum certification. His popularity continued to rise as the album’s hit song “I Don’t Want To Be,” was chosen as the theme song for the hit TV show, “One Tree Hill,” as well as earning a Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Soundtrack Single of The Year. The rock-oriented DeGraw hopes to continue his success with his second album, the self-titled, Gavin DeGraw, released on May 6th. According to DeGraw, this album “is a collection of impassioned, emotionally resonant songs about the joys and rigors of love and life.” The album features already hit songs “In Love With a Girl” and “I Have You To Thank” which has helped propel itself to the #1 album on iTunes the first week released. Gavin’s magnetic sound, abundant talent and charisma will make for a memorable Saturday Night live on the Red Cat Summer Stage for all race fans to enjoy.
If a concert performed by a platinum recording artist wasn’t enough, the weekend still features its anticipated high-speed action with the IndyCar Series’ return to the historic road course, July 4-6. The Firestone Indy Lights, Penn Grade 1 Historic Grand Prix and Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series will also take on the 3.4-mile long course during the weekend. The young drivers of the Firestone Indy Lights will challenge The Soul of American Road Racing not once, but twice during the event weekend with the second running of the Corning Duels.
A variety of 4th of July-themed fan activities will be offered at the track including a large fireworks display, parachute demonstration and marching band to celebrate Independence Day. On both Saturday and Sunday the track will offer the Finger Lakes Wine Festival Experience in Turn 10 highlighting some of the best wines in the Finger Lakes. Also on Saturday, two separate autograph sessions will be held following the on-track action and the track will again host a viewing party for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 400 at Daytona International Speedway from the FrontStretch Grandstand.Tickets for the historic 60th Anniversary Season at Watkins Glen International are on-sale now! The season kicks-off in less that 30 days 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 6-8 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.