IRL: Open wheel racing returns to Watkins Glen

Inaugural IRL IndyCar Series Race set for September 25, 2005 Watkins Glen, NY (August 3, 2004) - Watkins Glen International (WGI or The Glen) and the Indy Racing League (IRL) announced today that the historic road course located in Watkins Glen,...

Inaugural IRL IndyCar Series Race set for September 25, 2005

Watkins Glen, NY (August 3, 2004) - Watkins Glen International (WGI or The Glen) and the Indy Racing League (IRL) announced today that the historic road course located in Watkins Glen, NY has been added to the 2005 IRL IndyCar Series schedule. The inaugural race, which will take place on the 3.4-mile long course, will take the green flag on September 25.

The highly anticipated announcement came this afternoon in the track's exclusive Glen Club by track President Craig Rust. Brian Barnhart, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Indy Racing League was also on-site to share the league's excitement and present the entire 2005 schedule for the IRL IndyCar Series.

"We are extremely excited to announce that the IRL IndyCar Series will be on The Glen's schedule on September 25th next year. Given our open wheel heritage and unique track history as the home of American road racing, our staff, fans and surrounding communities have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to return Watkins Glen International to its roots," said Craig Rust, President of Watkins Glen International. "We are looking forward to a strong partnership with the Indy Racing League as they branch out to newer markets and continue to grow their Series."

Open wheel racing began in 1948 in the United States through the village street of Watkins Glen, providing the area with a strong heritage linked to many legendary open wheel drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mark Donohoue, Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter and Graham Hill. Over the past 56 years, The Glen has hosted numerous internationally-followed racing series, including NASCAR, Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000 and most notably, Formula 1, who's U.S. Grand Prix called The Glen home from 1961 to 1980.

"It is no accident that the IRL IndyCar Series, which is built on heritage of the Indy 500 would bring the excitement of our sport to Watkins Glen International which has such a rich heritage of hosting open wheel racing," said Barnhart. "The Glen's debut on the IndyCar Series schedule coincides with the league's 10th anniversary and allows us to achieve one of our preliminary goals - to bring the IndyCar Series to new markets for both sponsors and fans."

Other activities during this afternoon's announcement included the commemorative signing of the official agreement between both parties by Rust and Barnhart.

Tickets are not yet available for the IRL IndyCar Series event at Watkins Glen International on September 25, 2005, but fans can call or write The Glen's Ticket Office to be added to the track's IRL database to receive ticket information as soon as it's available. To be added to the list, please email racing@theglen.com or call 866-461-RACE (7223).

Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, as well as the remaining 2004 events at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office toll free at 1-866-461-RACE (7223), or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, and now race tickets, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338. Watkins Glen International. It's Racing, Only Twisted.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jackie Stewart , Mario Andretti , Emerson Fittipaldi , Jody Scheckter , Graham Hill , Brian Barnhart