International Championship To Headline Watkins Glen Fall

Watkins Glen, NY (August 26, 1999) - Watkins Glen announced today that the international sanctioning body, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), will be ending a near twenty-year absence from Watkins Glen to headline the Bosch ...

Watkins Glen, NY (August 26, 1999) - Watkins Glen announced today that the international sanctioning body, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), will be ending a near twenty-year absence from Watkins Glen to headline the Bosch Sports Car Oktoberfest weekend, October 1 - 3. The European based FIA will be bringing its GT sports car series to Watkins Glen for a 500-kilometer FIA GT Championship race.

The FIA's appearance at Watkins Glen ends a long series of discussions between Watkins Glen and the FIA aimed at bringing one of the FIA's popular series back to the historic road course. The FIA last appeared at Watkins Glen for the FIA's World Championship of Makes in July, 1981 and the world famous United States Grand Prix Formula One race at Watkins Glen in October, 1980. "We are very excited that The Glen will play host to a round of the international sports car series, the FIA GT Championship. Its been many years since an international FIA race was conducted at Watkins Glen," said Bryan R. Sperber, track president. "Given the great history of fall racing at Watkins Glen, it's quite appropriate that this race take place in October. It's a perfect match. We anticipate support from the international motorsports fans of New York for the FIA's return to The Glen." USRRC GT teams (GT2 and GT3) will also be eligible to compete in the FIA GT Championship race at Watkins Glen. The new format for the Bosch Sports Car Oktoberfest weekend featuring the FIA GT will place approximately 20 of the top sports cars from the European FIA GT against the top GT sports cars from the United States. The European effort is led by Chrysler Viper Team Oreca, which opened the season with six consecutive victories, including four by the team of Olivier Beretta and Karl Wendlinger. They will be joined in Watkins Glen by American ace David Donohue and Jean-Philoppe Belloc. Other top European teams include the Chamberlain Motorsports Vipers, the Konrad Motorsports Porsches with a driver line-up including veteran Bob Wollek, and Marcos Racing International with their exotic Marcos Mantara LM600. Originally scheduled as a six-hour USRRC feature, The decision to drop the USRRC Can-Am class, and add the USRRC GT cars to the FIA GT Championship race, was mutually-reached following extensive discussions between event organizers and USRRC officials. USRRC GT teams wishing to participate in the FIA GT races should contact Benjamin Franassovici for entry information at 011-44-171-259-2598. Technical questions should be directed to Jurgen Barth at 011-49-711-911-4115. The Motorola Cup, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Pro Spec Racer and the PRO Trucks will remain as support races for the Bosch Sports Car Oktoberfest weekend. Tickets for Sports Car Oktoberfest at Watkins Glen are now available. For ticket, camping, or additional information contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log onto the official Watkins Glen Website at www.theglen.com .

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Karl Wendlinger , David Donohue , Olivier Beretta , Bob Wollek