Six Hour Endurance Race Returns to Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN TO HOST BOSCH SPORTS CAR SUMMERFEST SIX-HOUR ENDURANCE RACE RETURNS TO THE GLEN Watkins Glen, NY (October 27, 1999) - Watkins Glen president, Bryan Sperber, announced a surprise for the 2000 schedule at a press...

WATKINS GLEN TO HOST BOSCH SPORTS CAR SUMMERFEST SIX-HOUR ENDURANCE RACE RETURNS TO THE GLEN

Watkins Glen, NY (October 27, 1999) - Watkins Glen president, Bryan Sperber, announced a surprise for the 2000 schedule at a press conference Wednesday, October 27. The Glen's sports car weekend, BOSCH SPORTS CAR SUMMERFEST, has been moved to August 25-27 and will now feature Twin 100 qualifying races and a six-hour endurance race to decide the championship for the highly publicized Grand American Road Racing series.

Both the Sportsracer and GT classes will compete in seperate qualifying races on Saturday to set the field including the pole for Sunday's six-hour endurance race. The qualifying races, known as the Twin 100's will be run in the late afternoon and will finish under darkness, allowing the fans a chance to see the exotic Sportsracer cars at night. Originally scheduled to be a 500k event in October, the new BOSCH SPORTS CAR SUMMERFEST and the Rolex 24 At Daytona will serve as endurance-racing "bookends" for the much anticipated new series.

"We are very excited to announce what we believe will become one of the most prestigious sports car racing events in the United States," said track president Bryan Sperber. "Using the Twin 100's as points-paying, qualifying races will certainly set Watkins Glen apart on the schedule. Now Watkins Glen and Daytona, two of the most famous race tracks in the world, will serve as the start and finish for a new series that promises to attract an exciting field of cars and drivers."

Rob Dyson, defending champion owner and driver from the Rolex 24 At Daytona, was tremendously excited at the new announcement. Dyson is expected to be a leading competitor in the newly launched Grand American Road Racing series and hopes to capture the title at Watkins Glen.

"Watkins Glen is one of our country's most historic racing facilities," said Dyson. "It makes perfect sense to have The Glen host an endurance event and take its rightful place in sports car racing. We hope to start a tradition of launching our championship hopes at Daytona and winning it at Watkins Glen."

The August 25-27 weekend schedule is expected to include a Motorola Cup support race on Saturday. The six-hour race is expected to start at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Speedvision will be on-hand to provide complete coverage for the weekend and will be airing the broadcast tape delay.

The Glen last hosted a six hour event in August of 1998, the First Union Six Hours of The Glen.

Tickets for the 2000 season are now available. For ticket, camping, or additional information please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log onto the official website at www.theglen.com .

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