Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Presented by Welliver Returns September 7-9
Ford Mustang to be Honored as 2012 Featured Marque
This is the first time that the Ford Mustang will be the feature marque at Watkins Glen International.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – The 2012 Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver will take place on the weekend of September 7-9, and the featured marque will be the Ford Mustang. Honored throughout the weekend at Watkins Glen International, the Ford Mustang will also be featured during the Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen presented by Chemung Canal Trust Co. in downtown Watkins Glen on Friday, September 7. It is the first time that the Mustang will be the featured marque of The Soul of American Road Racing.
The Ford Mustang has a long and storied past in motorsports and has certainly made its mark on The Glen. The iconic sports car made its formal debut on October 7, 1962, as part of a test session during the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. American racing legend Dan Gurney served as the test driver and took a lap around the historic road course in the second “race” prototype ever built. Gurney was just the second race car driver to officially try the Mustang. Jerry Titus would later claim victory in the 1968 Trans-Am series race at The Glen behind the wheel of a Mustang, snapping Mark Donohue’s eight-race winning streak. Notable drivers such as Mark Martin, Parnelli Jones, Tommy Kendall, Carl Edwards and Paul Newman have all have taken the Mustang to Gatorade Victory Lane in numerous events across various series ever since its debut almost 50 years ago.
In recent history, Mustangs have been victorious at WGI while running in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. In 2000, Terry Borcheller and Ron Johnson drove their Saleen-Allen Speedlab Mustang to a GTO class victory in what is now known as the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Two years later, Heritage Motorsports made their own mark at WGI and in Mustang history as drivers Tommy Riggins and Dave Machavern claimed the AGT class win in the 2002 GRAND-AM 250 at The Glen. The duo then teamed up with Scott Lagasse to continue their winning ways with a GTS class victory in the 2003 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Earlier this season, Jack Roush, Jr. and Bill Johnson drove their Roush Performance Mustang to overall and GS class victories in the 2011 Continental Tire 150.
Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International go on sale this December. Fans can learn more about the 2012 race season at The Soul of America Road Racing by calling the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Gift certificates and track merchandise can be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Keep up with the latest happenings at The Glen by visiting the official Watkins Glen International Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational, and following WGI on Twitter, @WGI.
The Grand Prix Festival is produced by Watkins Glen Promotions and information about the event is available at www.GrandPrixFestival.com.
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