Watkins Glen Int'l comments on 2009 schedule

FOURTH OF JULY INDYCAR SERIES RACE WEEKEND RETURNS TO THE GLEN IN '09 2009 Independence Day Celebration Highlighted by Camping World Grand Prix Watkins Glen, NY (July 30, 2008) -- Fans can already begin planning their Independence Day holiday...

FOURTH OF JULY INDYCAR SERIES RACE WEEKEND RETURNS TO THE GLEN IN '09
2009 Independence Day Celebration Highlighted by Camping World Grand Prix

Watkins Glen, NY (July 30, 2008) -- Fans can already begin planning their Independence Day holiday weekend in 2009 at Watkins Glen International. Indy Racing League (IRL) officials announced the 2009 IndyCar® Series schedule today confirming that America's premier open-wheel racing series will return to Watkins Glen International during the traditional holiday weekend. The 5th Annual Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen will take place July 3-5, 2009.

"This past 4th of July we hosted one of our best IndyCar Series events to date and we are looking forward to working with the league, our sponsors and our community on building on that momentum and continue to grow this event in 2009," stated Craig Rust, president of Watkins Glen International. "Everyone from the league, especially the drivers, truly enjoys racing at The Glen and not only appreciate our famed racing heritage, but all the fans from around our region that come out and support this event."

This past year Ryan Hunter-Reay took the checkered flag and became the first American to win at The Glen since the series starting competing at "The Soul of American Road Racing" in 2005. The weekend featured a live concert with platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw, on Saturday night and fireworks throughout the weekend. The weekend encouraged family entertainment by offering Kids 12 and under free admission and a free McDonald's Family Zone and grandstand was also offered for additional family fun off the track.

Fans can expect some of the same great activities to celebrate the nation's independence in 2009. There will be plenty of racing as several series are expected to take on the twists and turns of the 3.4-mile road course throughout the weekend. Tickets for the 2009 season are expected to go on sale in December.

-credit: wgi

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay