WGI and Steuben Continue to Design World Class Trophies
Crystal Trophies Made by Famed Glass Maker Featured All Season
By: WGI Staff on 6/22/2010
The Zippo 200 trophy (center) that Marcos Ambrose received following his victory in 2009 is just one of several WGI trophies produced by Steuben Glass.
Watkins Glen International and Steuben Glass are proud to announce the renewal of the long time partnership between the legendary road course and Corning, NY based crystal company. This season will mark another year in which Steuben will produce the trophies given to the winners of a variety of races at Watkins Glen International this summer.
The Robert F. Snodgrass Memorial Trophy, designed and created by Steuben, was issued to the TELMEX Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates teammates Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, following of the 29th Running of The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, earlier this month. There are two forms of the Robert (Bob) F. Snodgrass Memorial Trophy, the perpetual trophy that remains at The Glen all year and a smaller Steuben piece that is given to the winners as a take home.. The trophy itself is named after the late Bob Snodgrass, an Elmira, NY native and former president and CEO of Brumos Racing. Snodgrass was also a strong supporter of racing at Watkins Glen International, a vice-chairman of the Board of Advisors of GRAND-AM, and a founder of the International Motor Racing Research Library located in Watkins Glen.
Another well known Steuben trophy, The Riesbeck Cup, is given each year to the winner of the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen, named after Jim Riesbeck who is credited in bringing NASCAR racing to the twist and turns of Watkins Glen in 1986. Riesbeck never gave up on his dream of bringing NASCAR racing to Upstate New York and continued to work with NASCAR executives until he was successful in securing an agreement. In August 1986, Watkins Glen International hosted its first race for NASCAR’s top division in more than 21 years. After an afternoon of great racing on the 2.45-mile circuit, Tim Richmond took the checkered flag to win from the pole position.
Riesbeck continued to be a driving force at The Glen until his untimely death in 1993. In appreciation of everything Riesbeck has done to make The Glen one of the premier road courses in America, Watkins Glen International presents a Steuben bowl, The Riesbeck Cup, to the winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race every year. Steuben also created an original design of a Zippo Lighter for the winner of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Zippo 200. The Zippo 200, NASCAR Nationwide Series will run the Saturday, August 7 during the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen race weekend.
Steuben also designed the trophy awarded to the winner of the Corning 100, handed out since the inaugural running of the Firestone Indy Light Series in 2005. The Firestone Indy Lights will race on Saturday, July 3, 2010 during the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. WGI will also honor second and third place winners with a Steuben vase following the IZOD IndyCar Series, Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen on Sunday July 4th.
Located in Corning, NY, Steuben has been creating exceptional crystal pieces all the way back to the year 1903. Steuben offers a wide variety of illustrious gifts for a number of occasions as well as stemware, barware and table top accessories. Not sure what to get a friend or family member for their wedding, graduation, or other celebration this summer? Contact Steuben at 1.800.STEUBEN or www.steuben.com to purchase a gift from the same company that designs the trophies racing’s best will hoist this year in Gatorade Victory Lane.
Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can all be 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.