Ricky Carmichael Will Be Available to Fans

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As part of a continued effort to make the top drivers in racing available to fans, Watkins Glen International will give fans three chances to chat with former AMA Motocross/Supercross legend and current NASCAR Camping World Series driver Ricky Carmichael.  Carmichael and Ken Schrader Racing teammate, Jaime Hayes will be available for a live chat on the WGI Fan Talk Forum on Wednesday, May 28th from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Fans that miss this opportunity should plan on attending the NASCAR Camping World Series autograph session on Saturday, June 7th or purchasing fan hospitality during the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend, June 6-8.       

The Carmichael and Hayes chat on Wednesday, May 28th is the second live chat leading up to the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend.  The live chats are open to all race fans that are registered on the WGI Fan Talk Forum.  All fans will need to do in order to participate is log into the fan forum and click on the link that appears following a successful login.  Not registered yet?  Simply log-on to the WGI Fan Talk Forum (www.TheGlen.com/forum), fill out the registration form and you are ready to post! 

If chatting with the Ken Schrader Racing teammates online is not enough, fans will have two chances on Saturday, June 7th to actually meet and speak with both of them.

The first chance will be a Driver Q & A featuring both Carmichael and Hayes in fan hospitality.  The Q&A is scheduled to run 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM and is open to any fan that has purchased hospitality for the event weekend.  Fan Hospitality admission costs only $25 and will be open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 7.  The price of admission not only covers the Q&A but also unlimited beverages all day, an all-you-can-eat tailgate-style lunch 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, and a snack bar 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  Hospitality can be purchased ahead of time by calling 866-461-RACE or onsite during the event weekend.

Carmichael and Hayes will join their fellow NASCAR Camping World Series East Division drivers for an autograph session later in the day.  The autograph session is scheduled to run 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in the Turn 10 Village which is directly across from Turn 11 Fan Hospitality and is covered by the price of admission. 

class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: 150%">Ricky Carmichael’s most well-known nickname is G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) and when it comes to AMA motocross/supercross competition it is well deserved.  Carmichael claimed a total of 150 victories and 15 titles (10 motocross and five supercross) in AMA competition.  He retired from full-time AMA competition at the end of the 2006 season to begin his career in stock car racing.  He initially signed with Ginn Racing in 2007 and was mentored by Mark Martin.  After Ginn Racing was purchased by Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Carmichael finished the season under the DEI banner and expected to run with them in 2008, but was unable to find a sponsor.  He then signed with Ken Schrader Racing and will make his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Series East Division at The Glen.

Jaime Hayes is competing in his second season for Ken Schrader Racing.  In 2007, he ran 13 races in the NASCAR Camping World Series East Division for Schrader Racing and earned one Top-5 finish and six Top-10 finishes.  His solid finishes resulted in an eighth place finish in the final season standings. 

Tickets for the historic 60th Anniversary Season at Watkins Glen International are on-sale now!  The season kicks-off in just over 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.

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