Watkins Glen, NY (June 2, 2000) - Several surprise visitors made appearances at Watkins Glen for the season opening Watkins Glen Historic Races Presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company. Paul Newman, Bob Akin and Brian Redman were among those participating in practice sessions today at the 3.377-mile road course today.
Paul Newman was seen driving several cars throughout the day including a new Ferrari Maranello and the famous No. 84 Nissan GTP car.
Legendary sports car competitors Bob Akin, Brian Redman, and Hurley Haywood are also driving several classic sports cars throughout the weekend.
"Historic racing has become one of the fastest growing forms of motorsports in the United States," said Haywood, driving for Brumos Motorsports. "Weekend's like this provide a great opportunity for the fans to see the classic cars up-close. The competitors are all eager to tell the stories about their cars and some will even allow you to sit in the drivers seat."
Tomorrow's schedule will include an autograph session open to the public with Porsche drivers Hurley Haywood, Brian Redman and Bob Akin. Motorsports writer and personality, Brock Yates will also be available for autographs. The autograph session is scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. in the Ford Park area located on the west side of the enclosed competitor garage.
The Glen's website will continue to feature several photos of significant cars for the weekend and will also provide daily wrap-ups of on-track activity. Schedule information, results and photos are available at .
Tickets for this weekend's Watkins Glen Historic Races Presented By Chemung Canal Trust Company are still available. For ticket, camping or additional information, contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or visit .