EARNHARDT, JR. TO MAKE FRONTIER @ THE GLEN DEBUT IN 2000 CAN RON FELLOWS SWEEP THE BULLY HILL VINEYARDS 150 AND LYSOL 200 TODD BODINE FAVORITE FOR BUSCH SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP Watkins Glen, NY (October 27, 1999) - Watkins Glen International ...
EARNHARDT, JR. TO MAKE FRONTIER @ THE GLEN DEBUT IN 2000 CAN RON FELLOWS SWEEP THE BULLY HILL VINEYARDS 150 AND LYSOL 200 TODD BODINE FAVORITE FOR BUSCH SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Watkins Glen, NY (October 27, 1999) - Watkins Glen International will celebrate the new millennium by again hosting one of the biggest sporting events in New York State announced track president, Bryan Sperber. The Frontier @ The Glen will anchor a tremendous season of racing at Watkins Glen. Fans will get to see Dale Earnhardt, Jr., winner of the 1999 Lysol 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at The Glen, make his full-time debut in NASCAR Winston Cup racing. Earnhardt, Jr. will try to stop Jeff Gordon from winning his fourth consecutive race at Watkins Glen in the Frontier @ The Glen, August 10-13.
"There is already quite a buzz about the 2000 Frontier @ The Glen," said Sperber. "Exciting new drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart are ready to challenge three-time defending champion, Jeff Gordon, for the Reisbeck Cup. Whoever wins the race will truly deserve the title of champion at Watkins Glen."
Named one of the '52 Great Escapes' by New York magazine in 1999, Frontier @ The Glen is home to New York State's largest weekend spectator sporting event and will feature an all-NASCAR weekend of racing. Kendall Qualifying Day for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series will be held on Friday and Saturday's schedule will include the NASCAR Busch North Series race. The Frontier @ The Glen, Kendall Qualifying Day, and the NASCAR Busch North Series will all be carried on ESPN television.
As in 1999, Watkins Glen will become a Festival of Speed and Sound for the June 23-25 weekend as The Glen pairs the Lysol 200 NASCAR Busch Series and the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with a top-level recording artist for a weekend concert.
Ron Fellows, won the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 and will try again to sweep both races. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., passed Fellows on the last lap in the Lysol 200 to capture The Empire Cup and his first road course win.
"I had a great time at Watkins Glen this year," said Fellows. "We really feel like we stand a good chance to win both races. That is definitely our goal heading into the weekend. I just love racing at Watkins Glen. It's an excellent track and great facility."
Early favorite for the NASCAR Busch Series Championship, Todd Bodine from Chemung, NY, will be standing in Ron Fellows' way. Bodine will be driving the Cicci-Welliver owned Phillips 66 Chevrolet again in 2000 and will certainly be a favorite to win at Watkins Glen. Both drivers were on hand for Wednesday's announcement.
"Our entire team is looking forward to racing at Watkins Glen in June," said Bodine. "For me especially, coming to The Glen is a chance to race in front of family and friends. Our goal for the 2000 season is to bring home a championship. Watkins Glen is the only road course on the schedule and will play a pivotal role in accomplishing that."
Watkins Glen announced several significant changes to the schedule for the 2000 season including The Glen hosting a six-hour endurance race on Sunday, August 27, that will decide the championship for the highly-publicized Grand American Road Racing series. Originally thought to be held as a 500k event in October, the new BOSCH Sports Car Summerfest will feature two 100-mile sprint races for both the GT and Sportsracer classes on Saturday and a six-hour endurance race on Sunday.
Saturday's Twin 100's will start late on Saturday afternoon and will be scheduled to finish under darkness.
The 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."
Watkins Glen also announced a full calendar of vintage racing for the 2000 season, starting with the Watkins Glen Historic Races presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company, June 2-4. The weekend is scheduled to showcase the largest gathering of Ferrari race cars and enthusiasts anywhere during the year and Ferrari will be the featured marque throughout the entire weekend. Many cars and owners, such as the 1993 Ferrari F1 car driven by Jean Alesi, have already committed to the weekend.
Wine tasters, artists, and craftsman will again celebrate July in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen International. The Wine Festival will return to the track on the weekend of July 8-9 for 2000 and will again showcase the spectacular wineries, crafts, and artists from the beautiful Finger Lakes region.
As the United States prepares for the return of Formula One to Indianapolis, America's original home to the U.S. Grand Prix, Watkins Glen, will be hosting a Formula One reunion September 8-10. Watkins Glen will be assembling a complete field of Formula One cars to take racing fans on a trip through the glory years of the U.S. Grand Prix as part of the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix. The Formula One cars will be competing for the New York Governor's Cup on Sunday.
The weekend's schedule will also include a "Lotus Clash" on Saturday, a race commemorating the 30th anniversary of Emerson Fittipaldi's win at Watkins Glen in the U.S. Grand Prix.
"Like all racing fans in America, we are tremendously excited to see the return of Formula One racing to the United States," said Sperber. "But, everyone knows that when you talk about the history of the U.S. Grand Prix and Formula One in America, you think of only one place, Watkins Glen. We can now take a fantastic trip through those October weekends at Watkins Glen while looking forward to the U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis."
Tickets for the 1999 season at Watkins Glen are now available. For ticket, 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 .