Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Part of Newly Announced North American Endurance Championship
The Glen Joins Daytona and Indianapolis as part of New GRAND-AM Championship
The inaugural championship will feature the 50th anniversary running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28-29, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on June 29-July 1 and GRAND-AM’s three-hour debut race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Super Weekend at the Brickyard on July 27.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen is recognized as one of the most prestigious sports car races in the country and that reputation has been further solidified with its inclusion in the new North American Endurance Championship announced by GRAND-AM earlier today. The inaugural championship will feature the 50th anniversary running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28-29, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on June 29-July 1 and GRAND-AM’s three-hour debut race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Super Weekend at the Brickyard on July 27.
“GRAND-AM has hit a homerun by blending the three most renowned and historic race courses in North America into this championship,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “The combination of our new date and this exciting new wrinkle to the competition will undoubtedly make the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen a fantastic event. We invite our fans and their families to join us and kick-off summer with an action-packed weekend that should not be missed.”
The North American Endurance Championship will be open to competitors in both the Daytona Prototype and production-based GT classes. The championship’s point structure and purse will be announced in the near future. Awards for the series will be awarded at dusk on the Victory Podium at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, following the historic race on the 2.605-mile road course.
In addition to featuring GRAND-AM’s solid lineup in both classes, several top teams have indicated they will field additional cars with all-star drivers to compete in the three endurance races.
The 31st Running of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen featuring the Daytona Prototypes and GT class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will be held on Sunday, July 1, with an expected start time in the late morning. The Continental Tire 150 featuring the GS and ST classes of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will run on Saturday, June 30. The newly formed Formula 1000 Championship Series will also hit the legendary twists and turns of The Glen during the event weekend.
Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International go on sale December 5. Fans can learn more about the 2012 race season at The Soul of American 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. – 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday. 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.
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