Printup and Cavin Put More Than Bragging Rights on the Line

WGI President and Indy Star Motorsports Writer Place Friendly Wager on Indiana Hoosiers vs. Michigan Wolverines College Football Game

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A win by the Wolverines this weekend means a tasty hamburger meal for WGI president Michael Printup. (Picture Courtesy of

Not only does fall mean the end of racing at The Glen for the season, but it also marks the start of college football.  The Big Ten opens conference play this weekend and there is more on the line for the Indiana Hoosiers – Michigan Wolverines game than just which team wins or loses.  Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International and avid Wolverines fan, and Curt Cavin, respected motorsports beat writer for the Indianapolis Star and supporter of Hoosier athletics, have made a wager that ups the importance of the game for both of them.    

The terms of the wager are very simple and are solely based on which team wins the game.  Since Cavin is a well-known hamburger aficionado through his sampling of burgers at each stop on the IndyCar Series schedule, he will pay for a hamburger meal of Printup’s choice if the Wolverines continue their dominance over Indiana.  In the event that the unranked Hoosiers pull the upset, Printup will donate a care package of WGI merchandise and apparel for the charitable auction held during the 3rd Annual Burger Bash that Cavin hosts prior to the Indianapolis 500. 

“I have complete confidence in my Wolverines and their ability to continue the home dominance they have held over the Hoosiers for the last 50 years,” said Printup.  “I have no doubt that the victory hamburger I expect to eat will be one of tastiest I have ever enjoyed but it will make it difficult to sing Hail to the Victors, the best fight song in college sports.  And in the unlikely event of a Hoosiers victory, I can take solace knowing that we will be supporting a good cause.”

"It's an indication of where Michael feels his beloved Wolverines are as a football program that he's willing to challenge the mighty Hoosiers ... the same Hoosiers picked to finished 11th in the Big Ten,” stated Cavin.  “But I'll stand up for Indiana coach Bill Lynch, and I'll be happy to devour a cheeseburger of Michael's choosing. I can taste it now."

The University of Michigan Wolverines, currently ranked 23rd in college football, has not lost at home to the Indiana Hoosiers since 1967 and holds a 50-9 advantage in the all-time series.  The two teams have not played since Nov. 11, 2006, a 34-3 Wolverines victory at Michigan Stadium, aka “The Big House.” in Ann Arbor.  The Hoosiers last win against Michigan came in 1987.  This game will kick-off at 12:00 pm EST live on ESPN 2.

Tickets for the entire 2010 season will go on sale to the general public (non-renewal customers) November 14, 2009.  For more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or log on to the official website at

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