Hurley Haywood Named the Newest Member of the "Legends of The Glen"

Racing Legend has More Victories at WGI than Any Other Driver

Hurley Haywood and Michael Printup

Hurley Haywood (left) stands with Michael Printup, president of WGI, and raises his award recognizing him as the newests inductee into the Legends of The Glen.

Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, announced this afternoon that Hurley Haywood has been named the first member of the Class of 2010 for the Legends of The Glen.  In front of media and a large contingent of the Brumos Racing Team, Printup presented a hand-blown glass vase made by Vitrix Glass, of Corning, N.Y., to Haywood during an induction ceremony held in the legendary road course’s media center.  Haywood joins a very exclusive that already includes some of the top drivers that ever raced at The Soul of American Road Racing.  Today’s ceremony will not be the last induction that is schedule to occur during the 2010 season at The Glen. 

“Hurley Haywood is truly one of the great names in all of racing, so it is our honor to induct him into the Legends of The Glen,” said Printup.  “His accomplishments both at WGI and across the world will likely never be matched.  Hurley made the first start of his incredible career during our Six Hours event, so it makes perfect sense to recognize him during the 29th Running of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.”

“I have a love affair with this track as The Glen and Daytona (International Speedway) are my favorite tracks in this country,” said Haywood.  “One of the greatest things for a racing driver is to be recognized by his group.  I’m so really honored to have such a long relationship with Brumos and at the same time have such a long relationship with Porsche.  I certainly could have not have won all the races that I have won without Porsche and to be recognized for those accomplishments is a real honor for me.”  

Hurley Haywood is recognized as one of the finest drivers in racing history.  He has made his mark at The Glen over the course of his illustrious career by claiming an incredible 7 victories at the historic road course.  Watkins Glen International is a significant part to Haywood’s career not just because of his victories but also because he made his pro racing debut during the 1969 Six Hours of The Glen.  His list of racing accomplishments is impressive to say the least and stands up against any driver, past or present.  He is a 5-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, a 3-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was the first driver to win the 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same year and is the only driver to repeat as winner of both races in the same year.  Haywood announced his retirement from racing just following the 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona  and is now the current vice-president of Brumos Racing. 

The Legends of The Glen was started in 2008 as part of the 60th anniversary of racing in Watkins Glen and continues to be awarded in honor of individuals that have made a significant impact on The Glen’s history.  So far nine people have been inducted in the program. More information can be found at www.TheGlen.com

Tickets for the entire 2010 season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now!  The season kicks-off with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend, June 4-6, featuring the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and Ford Racing Mustang Challenge.  Weekend tickets are only $35 and general admission for kids 15 and under is FREE when accompanied by an adult.  For tickets and information, please contact the WGI ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official Watkins Glen website at www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can be all purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-4.

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