OPENING WEEKEND

This is Opening Weekend at The Glen, providing fans with the opportunity to drive their own vehicle on the track to benefit the facility’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) Foundation. Individuals and car clubs are both welcome to participate in this unique opportunity to experience one of the most historic circuits in the world first-hand.

OPENING WEEKEND HOURS:

SATURDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

SUNDAY: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

OPENING WEEKEND PEP RALLY

Join us on Friday, April 5, as we kick off the 2024 season with our annual Community Pep Rally!

This unique event will be held at the exclusive Jack Daniels Club, overlooking the track and the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes Region. This is a great opportunity to meet the team at WGI and mingle with fellow chamber members, community leaders, and the public. There will be a short program followed by pace car rides around the track led by driver, Andy Jankowiak. A second-generation racer from Tonawanda, NY, Andy Jankowiak competes in the ARCA Menards Series for KLAS Motorsports. Andy Jankowiak is a regular winner on the Race of Champions Modified Tour and in the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series, where he won back-to-back titles in Atlantic City, the series crown jewel event, also winning the 2020 series championship. Drive with a real racer! Light refreshments will be available as well as a bar for your enjoyment. Listen to live music as well!

**Admission is $10 for Watkins Glen Area Chamber members, $20 for guests and the community. Please note, the bar only accepts credit cards.

Schedule:

5:00 - 5:30 PM: Registration, socializing, food, live music, and bar opens

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Program

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Pace car rides, socializing, food, live music, and bar

 

OPENING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

After your laps, visit the 4 Corners Pit Stop! There you will find:

  • A DJ
  • $2 Sahlen's Hot Dogs and light refreshments
  • Picnic tables to gather and catch-up with friends
  • Demonstrations from the fire departments and k-9 units (more info coming soon)
  • A historic art sale of unique pieces throughout WGI and racing history all in one place, for one time only!
  • Don't forget to get you WGI Merchandise early by shopping at the Pyramid 
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RULES INCLUDE:

  • Seatbelts must be worn at all times
  • Please keep your hands and mobile devices inside the vehicle
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
  • Maintain the speed as set by the pace car
  • DO NOT pass another vehicle, especially not the pace car
  • All participants are required to remain in their personal vehicles
  • Vehicle MUST be street legal. Motorcycles, rental cars, ATVs, golf carts, and/or large-capacity vehicles (15-passenger vans & buses) will not be permitted to drive the track
  • Drivers must be 18 years or older and a valid driver’s license & insurance are required upon arrival
  • Parent/legal guardian must accompany minors in the vehicle
  • All occupants must remain inside the vehicle at all times, with seatbelts on. Passengers are not permitted in truck beds
  • TRACK WAIVERS MUST BE SIGNED IN PERSON (with personal writing utensil) AT THE EVENT IN THE PRESENCE OF TRACK PERSONNEL

OPENING WEEKEND PROCEEDS INFORMATION

Proceeds will be donated to the Montour Fire Department, Beaver Dams Fire Department and Schuyler County K-9 Unit. 

Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office K9

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit is composed of two teams run solely on community donations.
  • Deputy James Spencer & K-9 Elza
    • Deputy Spencer handles K-9 Elza, an 18 month old Shepard trained and certified in narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension and handler protection.
  • Deputy Andrew Yessman with K-9 Digit
    • Deputy Yessman handles K-9 Digit, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois trained in narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension, and handler protection.
 

Montour Falls Fire Department

The department serves a community of 4,500 residents in a 25 square mile area. The department maintains a central fire station with two fire engines, one medical rescue unit, a pumper/tanker, one urban interface truck, a mobile breathing air unit, an incident command unit and a chief’s vehicle. The Fire Department consists of 43 volunteers’, a Chief, two assistants, and three staff officers.

Beaver Dams Volunteer Fire Department

The Beaver Dams Fire Dept. provides 52 square miles of fire and emergency medical service protection for the towns of Dix, Catlin, and Orange.

Event Calendar

Check out the 2024 season schedule at The Glen for the perfect weekend.

Event Calendar