WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (March 29, 2019) – Watkins Glen International is making final preparations to kick off the 2019 season in style during Opening Weekend, this coming April 6-7. The event marks the first weekend that the track opens its gates and provides fans with a unique opportunity to experience the iconic 3.4-mile circuit firsthand.


On both Saturday and Sunday, for just $25 per vehicle, attendees can experience the twists and turns of the full Grand Prix road course for three paced laps from the driver’s seat of their own vehicles behind an official WGI pace vehicle. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Watkins Glen International’s R.A.C.E. Foundation, which supports local community organizations – especially those assisting underserved youth populations in the Watkins Glen area.


“Opening Weekend is a great way to begin the season here at Watkins Glen International,” WGI President Michael Printup said. “We are excited to host some of the best racing in the world again this year, and it all begins with a day benefitting the RACE Foundation. We look forward to seeing the best fans in motorsports back again at the track next weekend.”

The mission of R.A.C.E. is to meet the needs of local underserved populations with a focus on youth-oriented support. The foundation uses a backing of a close-knit community to foster meaningful fundraising efforts, while leaning on support from the international racing family. More information on the foundation is available at


Festivities kick off on Friday, April 5th, with the 15th annual Toyota Green Grand Prix, a showcase of motoring technology that aims for a cleaner environment. On Saturday morning, April 6th, the Arc of Schuyler, a non-profit organization providing support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is holding a 3.4-mile run, or one-mile walk on the track. To register, visit


Looking ahead, the IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen and the SVRA Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix headline a season schedule full of the world’s most talented drivers, hottest cars and most competitive races motorsport has to offer.


Located within five (5) hours (~300 miles) of 25% of the US population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, three-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook and Twitter. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit


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