Watkins Glen International Partners with Neighbor The Esses at Watkins Glen to Sponsor Michelin Pilot Challenge Race


Watkins Glen International Partners with Neighbor The Esses at Watkins Glen

to Sponsor Michelin Pilot Challenge Race

Recently announced development project enters multi-year deal

as entitlement partner of IMSA weekend event

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (January 26, 2024) — Welcome to the neighborhood! Watkins Glen International‘s newest neighbor, the recently announced development project The Esses at Watkins Glen, has entered into a multi-year partnership to sponsor the Michelin Pilot Challenge race on Saturday, June 22, during the IMSA race weekend.

The Esses 120 at The Glen in the Michelin Pilot Challenge will be a two-hour race on Saturday, leading into Sunday‘s Sahlen‘s Six Hours of The Glen IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. The series is IMSA‘s showcase for the latest American-made and imported high-performance sports cars, coupes, hatchbacks and sedans — and features the same cars seen on streets and highways around the world.

“We have a focus on supporting our community around Watkins Glen International and it means so much when they support us,” said Dawn Burlew, President of Watkins Glen International. “The Esses at Watkins Glen will quite literally be our neighbor and their residents will have a great sense of pride in being associated with one of the most exciting races of the year.”

The Esses at Watkins Glen is a new community geared towards motorsports enthusiasts, located on a 172-acre property located adjacent to Watkins Glen International. The project is set to feature limited availability single-family homes, condominiums, storage garages, trailer parking and preserved nature trails for recreation.

“The Esses 120 at Watkins Glen represents our vision and long-term commitment to a strong relationship with Watkins Glen International as we progress into development of the Esses at Watkins Glen. We look forward to transitioning the race entitlement into multiple track rental days when they become available in the future, ” said Alex Wolenski, CEO. “This is a unique opportunity to introduce to the world this one- of-a-kind community to join with like-minded motorsports enthusiasts in the backyard of such a spectacular venue.”

In 2023, Turner Motorsport and BMW pulled off a one-two finish while holding off the field in a trio of full-course cautions in the final 30 minutes of a chaotic race. The win also marked the third consecutive for Turner Motorsport at the historic New York road course.

The Esses 120 at The Glen Michelin Pilot Challenge race on Saturday, June 23, will be part of an action-packed weekend of IMSA action. For more details and for tickets to the Esses 120 at The Glen and the rest of the Sahlen‘s Six Hours of The Glen racing action, fans can visit www.theglen.com.

About Watkins Glen International

Located within five hours and 300 miles of 25 percent of the U.S. population, Watkins Glen International is the premier road racing facility in North America, four-times voted “Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. Keep up with The Glen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For tickets, camping, and additional information, call 1-866-461-RACE or visit www.TheGlen.com and get all of the latest information by downloading the NASCAR tracks app at www.theglen.com/nascar-tracks-app.

2024 Watkins Glen International Schedule

April 6-7 — Opening Weekend

May 31 — June 2 — SCCA Majors Super Tour

June 6-9 — Historic Sportscar Racing

June 20-23 — IMSA Sahlen‘s Six Hours of The Glen

July 10-14 — Ferrari Challenge North America

July 26-28 —Finger Lakes Wine Festival

August 21-25 — Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix

September 11-15 — NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen

2024 Watkins Glen International NASCAR Weekend Schedule

September 13 — ARCA Menards Series Race

September 14 — Mission 200 at The Glen — NASCAR Xfinity Series Race

September 15 — Go Bowling at The Glen — NASCAR Cup Series Race

About Esses

The Esses at Watkins Glen is a new community for motorsports enthusiasts neighboring the world-famous Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Building on the area‘s 75 years of motorsports history and heritage, The Esses seeks to create a unique high-end experience in an unrivaled location, central to one of the world‘s most iconic racetracks, the historic village of Watkins Glen, and the greater Finger Lakes region. The area‘s natural beauty will be on full display with the development offering stunning and expansive views of the valley surrounding picturesque Seneca Lake. The Esses is the developer of the Esses at Watkins Glen and is not affiliated with Watkins Glen International. For more information and to learn how to secure your place in the community, visit www.theesses.com.


The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 14 of the nation‘s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions races in three national series (NASCAR Cup Seriesu2122, NASCAR Xfinity Seriesu2122, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Seriesu2122), four international series (NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Canada Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and a local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series). The International Motor Sports Associationu2122 (IMSAu00ae) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championshipu2122, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in five cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 11 countries and more than 30 U.S. states.

For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, X and Snapchat.