Mark Donohue tribute set for 2003.
Watkins Glen, NY (September 7, 2002) * The 2003 Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International will have a special twist to it in 2003. Rather than just select a featured marque, The Glen and the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will pay tribute to a person, his race cars and his career * Mark Donohue. Sunday's main event will include a demonstration race with the cars from Donohue's past and is scheduled for September 5-7.
Over 25 cars from Donohue's past are expected to participate in the event, as well as the Donohue family. The weekend will pay tribute to Donohue's many accomplishments, both behind the wheel of the race car and as one of the premier race car engineers of his time.
"I am really thrilled that something like this is happening in honor of my father," said Daid Donohue. "It means a lot to my family and many of us will be there to enjoy the event. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the cars that he raced all in one place, as well as the team members that he raced with."
"This tribute is a wonderful addition to what has become an already phenomenal weekend," said track President Craig Rust. "We are proud to celebrate the career of Mark Donohue and look forward to bringing all of his cars together to honor this tremendous driver."
Mark Donohue was one of the most versatile racing drivers ever to compete. He won in sports cars, Indy Cars, stock cars; on oval tracks and road courses. He was a two-time USRRC Champion, a three-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion, a Can-Am Champion, winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, the Indianapolis 500 and a NASCAR Winston Cup race at Riverside, CA.
Tickets for the 2003 season will be available in the coming months. 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.