Watkins Glen names Tommy Kendall special guest

Watkins Glen, NY (June 30, 2003) - Four-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion Tommy Kendall will serve as special guest for the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend at Watkins Glen International, September 5-7. In addition, Kendall will give the command...

Watkins Glen, NY (June 30, 2003) - Four-time SCCA Trans-Am Champion Tommy Kendall will serve as special guest for the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend at Watkins Glen International, September 5-7. In addition, Kendall will give the command to fire engines for Sunday's New York Governor's Cup race, featuring the American Muscle Car.

"We are very pleased to welcome Tommy back to The Glen," said track President Craig Rust. "Tommy has been a tremendous ambassador for sports car racing and his presence on a weekend that we celebrate the American Muscle Car and Mark Donohue only makes the entire event more exciting."

Kendall, a Santa Monica, CA native, broke the record of eight consecutive victories in the Trans-Am Series at The Glen in 1997. He went on to win eleven consecutive races, which stands as the longest win streak in motorsports history. Other highlights at The Glen include a class win in the 1988 IMSA Camel GTU Kodak Copier 500 and two runner-up finishes in the SCCA Trans-Am events in 1990 and 1996.

Not only did Kendall compete in sports car racing at The Glen, he also competed in five Glen NASCAR Winston Cup events, with his best finish coming in 1990 in eighth place.

"The Glen is a fantastic place with a lot of history going back over fifty years and I am really looking forward to returning to one of America's greatest tracks," said Kendall. "My memories of Watkins Glen are bittersweet - I had great success here as well as some hard times. But, through it all, the people at The Glen are always great racing supporters and good friends. I am especially honored to be part of the Mark Donohue weekend - Mark was one of our real racing legends."

In 1997, Kendall went on to win his third consecutive, and fourth overall SCCA Trans-Am Championship. Among Kendall's other career highlights are three straight IMSA GTU Championships from 1986-1988, a Firestone Firehawk Grand Sports Championship in 1986, IMSA GTP Triple Crown Champion in 1991, IMSA GTS Champion in 1993, two Daytona 24 Hour class wins in 1993 and 1995, and a six-time IROC Invitee.

Kendall continues to be involved in the sport he loves as a television analyst for CBS Sports and Speed Channel covering the Champ Car World Series.

History comes alive as the magnificent cars from racing past roll into Watkins Glen for a weekend honoring racing's heritage in the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 5-7. Take a stroll through the Antique Auto Show, or walk through the garage and paddock as we feature the American Muscle Car. Then, help us pay tribute to one of racing's greatest drivers, Mark Donohue, as we host a special reunion of the cars that he made legendary.

Tickets for the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, 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.

Career Highlights - Tommy Kendall

IMSA GTU Champion - 1986, '87, '88
Firestone Firehawk Grand Sports Champion - 1986
IMSA GTP Triple Crown Champion - 1993
Daytona 24 Hour GTS Winner - 1993, '95
SCCA Trans-Am Champion - 1990, '95, '96, '97
Toyota GP of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity (Pro) Winner - 1997
RACER Magazine RACER of the Year and Road RACER of the Year - 1997
Six-time International Race Of Champions Invitee

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