Aguar named feature for historic event.
Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races set for June 6-8.
Watkins Glen, NY (February 20, 2003) - Jaguar, the marque that holds the fastest lap in North American road course history set at The Glen in 1992, has been named as the feature for Watkins Glen International's 2003 Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races, track President Craig Rust announced today. The event is slated for June 6-8.
"We are really excited to honor Jaguar's racing heritage during the first of two historic events at The Glen," said Rust. "Jaguar is synonymous with performance and prestige, which are parallels of what we are doing here at The Glen, making this a perfect match."
Jaguar has a rich racing history, having been involved in motorsports since it was founded in 1922 and during that time, has visited The Glen's Victory Circle many times. It all started in 1952 with John Fitch's Seneca Cup victory in the Jaguar XK120C. His victory was quickly followed up by Dr. M.R.J. Wyllie's three consecutive Seneca Cup wins in the Jaguar XK120M in 1953 and the Jaguar C-Type 1954-55.
The most significant part of Jaguar history at The Glen came back in 1992 when the Jaguar XJR-14 of Davy Jones shattered the record for the fastest lap ever taken on a North American road course by blasting around Watkins Glen International's "short" course at 150.334 MPH, including the inner-loop while qualifying for the Camel Continental IX. Jones would finish third in the event. Jaguar also took home third-place finishes in the Camel Continental in 1984, 1990 and a fourth-place in 1985.
In other racing history, Jaguar has won the world's toughest endurance race at Le Mans seven times, been World Sports Car Champions three times and in 1956 won both Le Mans and the Monte Carlo Rally in the same year.
The Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races kick of a month jam-packed with electrifying sports car racing. Fans are invited to travel back in time and experience the nostalgia of the past, as the cars that made The Glen famous take to the track in a weekend filled with history, including Formula One, Indy cars, SCCA Can-Am, Trans-Am, and prototypes. Tickets for the event start at just $19.
Tickets for the Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races, as well as the entire 2003 racing season at Watkins Glen International are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office at 607-535-2481 or online at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338.