Racing Great To Give Famous Command
Dan Gurney will be The Glen's Special Guest during Zippo weekend
Watkins Glen, NY (August 31, 2001) - Watkins Glen International President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that Dan Gurney has accepted the invitation to serve as Grand Marshal for the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend, September 7-9. Gurney, the first driver to post wins in the four major racing categories of Formula One, Indy Car, Sports Car and NASCAR, will recite the four most famous words in motorsports, "Gentlemen, start your engines," on September 9 prior to the Shelby-featured New York Governor's Cup race. In addition to fulfilling the duties of Grand Marshal, Gurney will also make several appearances throughout the weekend, including autograph sessions and a fan question and answer session. "Watkins Glen is particularly pleased to welcome back one of the greatest names in motorsports history and a true American hero," said Sperber. "The Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix has become one of this country's most celebrated vintage motorsport events and we are honored to have Dan Gurney as our Grand Marshal."
"As a native New Yorker and a road racer at heart, it is extra special to come back to Watkins Glen International, the site of a wealth of memories from my career as a driver, team owner and race car constructor," said Gurney. "I look forward to renewing old friendships at the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix and seeing again many of the cars I drove, built and competed against at this fabulous and historic circuit."
Gurney's racing career spanned 15 years and during that time, he became a top road racing star in America and one of the most popular Formula One Grand Prix drivers ever. By the time he retired from active driving in 1970, Gurney had raced in 303 events in 20 countries with 25 different makes of cars, winning 48 races and finishing on the podium an additional 41 times.
His most important victories include seven F1 races (four World Championship Grand Prix events), seven Indy Car races, five NASCAR Winston Cup races, as well as wins in the endurance classics at Nuerburgring, Daytona, Sebring and LeMans.
Gurney currently serves as Chairman and CEO of All American Racers, a race car design and manufacturing company he started with Carroll Shelby.
Relive the memories at one of the most significant vintage events held in the United States - the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 7-9. The Glen will be featuring the Shelby marque to commemorate and celebrate the infamous Carroll Shelby, with special guest Dan Gurney on hand throughout the weekend. Other activities at the track include classic cars on exhibit at the Antique Auto Show and beautiful artwork on display by renowned motorsports artists.
Tickets for the 2001 Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix are still 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.