Break Out the Bubbly…Toast to Our Sponsor
GREAT WESTERN Champagne continues as the official champagne of Watkins Glen International
James Hunt enjoying one of his Grand Prix wins at Watkins Glen International (1976; 1977).
WATKINS GLEN, NY – Watkins Glen International is proud to announce that GREAT WESTERN Champagne will continue as the official champagne of the historic road course. GREAT WESTERN Champagne has been the official champagne of WGI since 1966. Pleasant Valley Wine Company, the first bonded winery in the United States; Bonded Winery No. 1, has been a partner of the historic racetrack since the early 50’s. The winery has the largest plantings of Chardonnay and Riesling in New York State.
“They have been a great sponsor of ours for many years for all of the events that we host - from racing to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival,” stated Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen International. “With their rich history in the United States and ours at The Glen, it is a true reason to toast to this longstanding partnership.”
As the official champagne, GREAT WESTERN is and has been the champagne sprayed in Watkins Glen International’s Gatorade Victory Lane over the past 40 years. Iconic drivers such as Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart, Derek Bell, Jeff Gordon and many others…have all enjoyed GREAT WESTERN Champagne in celebration of their victories at The Glen.
“We have enjoyed our involvement at the track over the years,” stated Michael Doyle, Owner of Pleasant Valley Winery Company. “It is great to be part of the excitement during races and to see our champagne in the hands of champions.”
In addition to being the official track champagne, GREAT WESTERN Champagne also sponsors the GREAT WESTERN Breakfast during the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, July 11-13. The always popular breakfast provides guests with a hearty breakfast and live music inside the Glen Club to start their day. Tickets for the Saturday and/or Sunday’s GREAT WESTERN Breakfast are available for sale online at flwinefest.com, or by calling 866.461.7223.
Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in the United States. Mark your calendars for TUDOR United SportsCar Championship during Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen June 26-29, as well as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-It™ 355 and Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at The Glen August 7-10. Tickets are available by calling 866.461.RACE or at www.TheGlen.com. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. Download The Glen’s free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.