Watkins Glen announces 2001 schedule

WATKINS GLEN, NY (October 11, 2000) - Watkins Glen International president, Bryan R. Sperber, announced plans for the 2001 season at a press conference today. The 2001 schedule includes a new date for the NASCAR Busch Series event and the...

WATKINS GLEN, NY (October 11, 2000) - Watkins Glen International president, Bryan R. Sperber, announced plans for the 2001 season at a press conference today. The 2001 schedule includes a new date for the NASCAR Busch Series event and the addition of the Grand-Am sports car series to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series weekend in August.

The NASCAR Busch Series event, traditionally run in mid-to-late June will now be held on July 8th. Following the Saturday night Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race held at Daytona, The Glen's scheduled Sunday Busch Series event will now capture a premier position on the July 4th weekend.

Scheduled to support the NASCAR Busch Series event and make a rare appearance on a road course will be one of the oldest professional Stock Car racing organizations in the United States, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).

Shawna Robinson, ARCA series star and driver of the No. 8 K-Mart Race Against Drugs Ford was on-hand for The Glen's announcement.

"The biggest thing that I'm most concerned with is getting experience for not only myself, but the entire team. We're close to being rookie of the year and top five in points, which was our goals in the beginning of the season. We have grown a lot as a team," said Robinson. "Next year we plan to run only selected events in both Winston Cup and ARCA, but one of the ARCA dates will be Watkins Glen. The last couple of times I have run at The Glen, I did pretty well. I'm also excited about the ARCA Series branching out and kind of updating the schedule to include Watkins Glen."

Rounding out the July 4th weekend schedule at Watkins Glen will be the Historic Stock Car Racing Series. The Historic Stock Cars will provide fans with a special treat as many of the competitors will drive entries originally piloted by some of the sports true legends.

Another dramatic change from the traditional schedule at Watkins Glen is the addition of the exciting Grand-Am sports car series to the Global Crossing @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series weekend August 9 - 12. The Grand-Am series will be showcasing their exotic prototype and GT-class cars in front of what could be their largest audience in history.

As part of the new television agreement with NASCAR for the 2001 season, the Global Crossing @ The Glen will be broadcast live on the NBC television network. Speedvision and FOX Sports Net are tentatively scheduled to cover the Grand-Am sports car event.

"There is already quite a buzz about the 2001 season schedule," said Sperber. "The Global Crossing @ The Glen was one of the most dramatic finishes last year as native New Yorker, Steve Park, held off road racing ace, Mark Martin to capture his first NASCAR Winston Cup Series win. Adding the Grand-Am sports car show to the weekend will give the fans even more to be excited about. And the new July 4th weekend date for the Busch Series event makes what was already a great family event even better." The Glen's season officially kicks off on May 6th with Opening Day and will again host the American Heart Associations Heart Walk around the 2.45-mile road course.

Watkins Glen will open the spectator season on May 18 - 20 with the first appearance of the Grand-Am series. The new Sports Car Grand Prix weekend will include the traditional 6 Hours of The Glen on Saturday evening and on Sunday will feature the Motorola Cup along with a GTP reunion and two special Ferrari races.

Historic Sportscar Racing will make a quick return to Watkins Glen for the Watkins Glen Historic Races presented by Chemung Canal Trust Company, June 1 - 3. Featured on the June 1 - 3 weekend will be the Volvo marque. Also in June, Porsche Club of America's Porsche Clash at The Glen will make an appearance June 15 - 17. Fans of the famous Porsche marque can visit The Glen for an all Porsche weekend of racing action.

Following the new July 8th date for the NASCAR Busch Series event at The Glen, the successful Finger Lakes Wine Festival will be making its fifth annual visit to Watkins Glen International on the July 21 - 22 weekend.

Again in 2001, the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix weekend will wave the checkered flag on the season Sept 7 - 9. This year's Zippo weekend features a tribute to a true American legend, Carroll Shelby and the Shelby GT 40, Shelby Cobras, and Shelby 350 GT's. Dan Gurney, a visitor to Victory Circle when driving a GT40, is scheduled to be the Grand Marshal. As always, the Zippo weekend will be kicked off with the traditional Grand Prix Festival held in the village of Watkins Glen.

Tickets for the 2001 season are now available. For ticket, reserved camping, or additional information, contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or visit www.theglen.com .

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Series General
Drivers Steve Park , Shawna Robinson , Dan Gurney , Mark Martin