Watkins Glen, NY (October 25, 2001) - The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will once again be the featured event at Watkins Glen International in 2002, with the Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races and Sports Car Grand Prix getting new...
Watkins Glen, NY (October 25, 2001) - The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will once again be the featured event at Watkins Glen International in 2002, with the Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races and Sports Car Grand Prix getting new dates, track President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. NASCAR Winston Cup racing takes center stage August 8-11 and will again be supported by the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 on Friday night and the NASCAR Busch North Series race presented by Pepsi on Saturday. For the second year, Sunday's main event will be broadcast live on NBC. Ticket prices for the weekend were kept the same low price, with admission starting at just $39 for Sunday only and $59 for the entire weekend of racing. "We're extremely excited about all aspects of the 2002 season, including the low ticket prices again this year," said Sperber. "The 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race was action-packed, with Jeff Gordon securing a place in history with his seventh road course victory. In addition, we're looking forward to welcoming our featured marques on our vintage events that celebrate the history of racing at The Glen." The 2002 spectator racing season kicks off with three race weekends in June, starting with Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races June 7-9. The event will carry BMW as the featured marque of the weekend. The Porsche Club of America comes to town again June14-16, followed by the Sports Car Grand Prix June 21-23. Several changes will be noticed during the Sport Car Grand Prix weekend, including the running of the historic Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday, with two Grand-Am Cup races running Saturday, one in the afternoon and the other near twilight. Ferrari Challenge will also make its return to The Glen during this weekend, moved up from the 2001 date. July is highlighted by the successful Finger Lakes Wine Festival supported by the Corning Museum of Glass, making its sixth annual visit to Watkins Glen International July 20-21. Visitors to the Festival will also now enjoy "Launch of the Lakes", Friday night's new opening celebration. Opening Day will once again mark the official opening of Watkins Glen International and the advance ticket sale deadline on May 5 and the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix will once again be the final 2002 spectator event at The Glen September 6-8. Two marques, Mini Coopers and IMSA GTP, will share in the spotlight as the event features. As always, the Zippo weekend will be kicked off with the traditional Grand Prix Festival held in the village of Watkins Glen. Tickets for the 2002 season go on sale November 1. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 535-2338.
<pre> 2002 Season Schedule May 5 Opening Day June 7-9 Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races (BMW feature) June 14-16 Porsche Clash June 21-23 Sports Car Grand Prix (Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, Grand-Am Cup, Ferrari Challenge) July 13-14 SCCA Glen Nationals July 20-21 Finger Lakes Wine Festival, supported by the Corning Museum of Glass August 8-11 NASCAR Winston Cup at The Glen, NASCAR Busch North Series presented by Pepsi, Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Bully Hill Vineyards 250 September 6-8 Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix (Mini Cooper and IMSA GTP features)