To Our Fans: Happy Holidays and See You in 2009!
The book has closed on yet another memorable year at historic Watkins Glen International. Fans were treated to numerous exciting races and constant racing action throughout the entire season. 2008 marked the 60th Anniversary of racing in The Glen and featured a season-long celebration that started in April and culminated with the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix in September. Here are just some of the highlights of the 2008 season:
- As part of the 60th Anniversary, a panel of esteemed WGI experts selected the top driver from each of the six decades that make-up our history and presented each driver with the title of "Driver of the Decade." These six drivers also made up the inaugural class of the Legends of The Glen.
- Phil Walters: 1948-1957
- Graham Hill: 1958-1967
- Sir Jackie Stewart: 1969-1977
- Al Holbert: 1978-1987
- Mark Martin: 1988-1997
- Tony Stewart: 1998-2007
- Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas kicked-off the 2008 racing season at The Glen with a hard fought victory in the 27th Running of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. It was Rojas' first victory at WGI and Pruett's third victory at The Glen in a Daytona Prototype (2004 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen; 2006 Crown Royal 200).
- American Ryan Hunter-Reay claimed his first career IndyCar Series win with a victory in the 4th Annual Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen during the 4th of July holiday weekend. Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe and 3-time defending champion Scott Dixon battled for the lead throughout the race but a late race incident between the two set the table for Hunter-Reay to pass Darren Manning with only a few laps remaining on his way to victory.
- Mark Wilkins and Brian Frisselle claimed their second consecutive Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series victory with a dominating win in the Crown Royal 200. The duo combined to lead all but four laps to win for the first time at WGI.
- In his first year and a half on the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Marcos Ambrose came close several times to earning his first NASCAR victory. All of his hard work and determination paid off at The Glen with a win in the Zippo 200. The Tasmanian native and his crew had one of the most emotional and joyous celebrations in Gatorade Victory Lane in recent memory.
- Kyle Busch continued his domination of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with his victory in the Centurion Boats at The Glen. The NASCAR superstar became the first driver in NASCAR history to win three road course races in a single season. Busch cemented himself as one of the top road racers in NASCAR by pulling away from teammate, and 4-time Glen champion, Tony Stewart in the closing laps.
These are just a few of the memorable moments from this past season. Did we miss your favorite moment? If so, log into the WGI Fan Talk Forum and share your favorite memory from the 2008 season. After all, the primary reason for us being around long enough to celebrate a 60th Anniversary is our fans. Your dedication and passion are unmatched by any other race fan and we at WGI cannot thank you enough for your support and enthusiasm.
Everyone at Watkins Glen International wishes all of our fans a very merry holiday season and a happy New Year. See you in 2009!