WELLIVER MCGUIRE AND GLENORA WINE CELLARS SPONSOR U.S. VINTAGE GRAND PRIX WEEKEND
Elliott Forbes-Robinson will be Honored Guest and Grand Marshal
Watkins Glen, NY (July 21, 2010) Watkins Glen International is proud to announce Welliver McGuire, Inc. and Glenora Wine Cellars, will be the new sponsors for the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver-McGuire, September 10-12. 2010 will be the first year all major races at WGI have been sponsored and Welliver McGuire will be the first title sponsor of the event since Zippo realigned their sponsorship dollars to the NASCAR race weekend in 2006. WGI is also pleased to welcome 2006 Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, Elliott Forbes-Robinson as the honored guest and Grand Marshal for the weekend. Glenora's award winning Riesling will be poured in Gatorade Victory Lane throughout the multiple victory celebrations during the race weekend.
"We truly appreciate the sponsorship and support from two of the most respected and leading businesses right here in our backyard," said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International. "We know that our vintage racing weekend continues to be a huge draw for the region and think this partnership will showcase both Welliver McGuire and Glenora to our dedicated race fans and many competitors."
Welliver McGuire, located in Schuyler County, was founded in Ridgebury, PA in 1898 and has evolved as the result of the acquisition of McGuire & Bennett, Inc. of Ithaca, NY, and Wellco, Inc. of Elmira, NY. With a rich history combined with quality services, Welliver McGuire confidently assembles high-quality and cost-effective approaches to building projects. Welliver McGuire Inc. delivers an array of building construction and facility-related services, and constructs buildings for all major industry segments, primarily for Colleges and Universities, Science and Technology, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Government and Industry. Headquartered in Montour Falls, NY, Welliver McGuire's business extends to client locations throughout the eastern United States.
"We are very proud to sponsor one of the most prestigious vintage racing events in the country at the soul of American road racing," stated Scott Welliver, chairman and CEO of Welliver, McGuire, Inc. "I am very excited to have my friend and former co-driver, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, serve as grand marshal for the weekend." Welliver is also a race car driver and co-drove with Forbes-Robinson last year in both Daytona and Sebring.
Elliott Forbes-Robinson will be the honored guest for the Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver-McGuire to highlight his legendary racing career. It is very safe to say that Forbes-Robinson knows road courses very well. He has won numerous road course races, and most notably the 1999 United States Road Racing Championship. Forbes-Robinson resides in North Carolina and in recent years has created High Rock Raceway which was designed to "reflect his experience racing on road courses around the globe."
Glenora Wine Cellars is located on the west side of Seneca Lake in nearby Dundee, NY in Yates County. They continue to be critically acclaimed for their success in wine making in the Finger Lakes region and have been a partner of the Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen, for a number of years. Rather than the traditional champagne toast, Glenora will pour their award winning Riesling for the podium finishers during the multiple races happening throughout the weekend. The winery was named "2009 Winery of the Year" by Taster's Guild International.
"Glenora has been involved with the weekend's activities during the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix since its inception," stated Gene Pierce, president, CEO and owner, Glenora Wine Cellars. "We are particularly pleased to have enhanced our involvement with Welliver McGuire Inc. to present this year's race event."
Celebrate racing's history at one of the largest vintage racing events in the country featuring historic cars of the past from as far back as the 1930's. The Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver McGuire, is held in conjunction with the Grand Prix Festival in the Village of Watkins Glen on Friday, September 10, 2010. The 2009 U.S. Vintage Grand Prix expected over 400 car entries and WGI does not expect that to change in 2010. The weekend's featured Marque in 2010 is Alfa Romeo.
Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-4.