Watkins Glen, NY (June 14, 2001) - The rookies in the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, are making their way to Watkins Glen International on June 18 for the final test session before they take the green flag on July 8. As the only road course on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule, drivers look to gain enough knowledge to take them to Victory Circle in July.
Scott Wimmer, Jamie McMurray, David Donohue and Larry Foyt will be in strong company, with several veterans also taking to the track, including current points leader and Winston Cup driver Kevin Harvick, who will attempt to run both the Watkins Glen Busch race and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in Daytona the weekend of July 6-8. Harvick's No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet ran strong in last year's race, finishing third after starting in the ninth spot.
Open wheel veteran Scott Pruett will get behind the wheel of the No. 71 State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Ford on Monday for Kevin Lepage. Pruett, a 10-year CART veteran and three-time winner of the Rolex 24, will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR event at The Glen on July 6. He came close last year during the Global Crossing @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup event in the No. 32 Tide Ford, but didn't make the race after qualifying was rained out.
Lyndon Amick will also make his first appearance of 2001 at The Glen in his No. 35 Team Amick Motorsports Chevrolet. Amick has competed in both the Busch Series and Grand-Am Cup races at The Glen, driving his No. 53 Dodge Viper with co-driver Hank Parker Jr. to a sixth place finish in last August's Bosch Sports Car Summerfest.
This year's Rolex 24 winner, Ron Fellows, will be back for his second test this year as he prepares for his appearance in both the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup Series races. In the first session, Fellows tested his No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Winston Cup Series car. Both Fellows and Pruett will be back in the United States after competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.
Kevin Grubb, driver of the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet will also be taking on the left and right turns Monday and will most certainly lend some advice to rookie teammate McMurray. Grubb will be looking to learn himself, with finishes of 24th and 31st in his last two starts at the historic road course.
Fans that have purchased tickets for the Festival of Speed & Sound weekend, July 6-8, will be admitted free of charge on Monday, June 18. Fans should present their Festival of Speed & Sound tickets at the gate to gain free admission or pick up a voucher at the ticket office if they have not received their event tickets. All other spectators can take in the action for only $10.00 at the gate. Gate 4 will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday.
The Glen presents an unsurpassed NASCAR weekend July 6-8. The Festival of Speed & Sound promises to be a weekend packed with racing action as the ARCA RE/MAX Series takes to the historic road course in its inaugural race at The Glen on Saturday, followed by a concert by Blessid Union of Souls and a Winston Cup Pepsi 400 viewing party on the jumbotrons live from Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Busch Grand National Series takes center stage on Sunday as the highlight of the weekend's activities, complemented by a historic stock car race in the morning.
Tickets for the 2001 season, including the Festival of Speed & Sound weekend July 6-8, at The Glen are now available. 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.